Sheffield patients inspired by ‘amazing’ athlete

Patients at The Children's Hospital, Sheffield, are inspired by Jessica Ennis.
Patients at The Children's Hospital, Sheffield, are inspired by Jessica Ennis.
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YOUNG hospital patients in Sheffield say the success of Jess has ‘inspired’ them to do well.

Youngsters at Sheffield Children’s Hospital - of which Jess is a patron - were glued to the Olympics on TV and watched in awe as she stormed her way to victory.

Sports-mad Owen Bull, aged six, from Fulwood, said: “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a hurdler or a marine biologist when I grow up, but when Jess won it made me think I could be as good as her one day, and maybe even win an Olympic gold too.”

Milly Patsalides, aged 15, from Doncaster, thought Jess was a role model in more ways than one.

She said: “I think Jess is so talented and pretty. It’s great that a lot of magazines are using her as a cover star because I think she is a really positive role model. I’d rather see her on the shelves than a reality TV contestant or some Z list celebrity.

“Jess’s work ethic can be applied to anything. I really want to be a primary school teacher when I’m older so, if I achieve that, it will be like winning a medal for me.”

And Aaron Bedford, 15, also from Doncaster, said: “Jess is so inspiring. She makes everything look so effortless even when she’s under a massive amount of pressure to do well.

“Everybody on the ward was so excited in the run up to her events - every doctor and nurse was rooting for her.

“She is one of my idols now.”

David Vernon-Edwards, the hospital charity’s director, said: “We’re so proud of Jess, she’s an amazing inspiration to us all.

“We’re very lucky to have her as a patron and are looking forward to her coming to visit with her gold medal.”