IF you think that it’s only Jessica Ennis representing South Yorkshire at this summer’s Olympic Games in London, then you’d better think again.
With the Games edging ever closer - just 43 days until the opening ceremony - it seems like a National Governing Body for a sport is announcing its team every day. This week it was the turn of British Fencing and British Cycling to name their teams.
And while cycling kept the likes of Ben Swift hanging on for a few more weeks to see whether he has made the road race squad, fencing very definitely penned in Sheffield’s Husayn Rosowsky into the squad.
Rosowsky, aged 21, has been selected to represent Britain in the Men’s Foil Individual and Team events at the ExCeL arena.
The former Tapton school student, who now studies mathematics at Greenwich University has had a good year so far winning the British Senior Championships and the Leon Paul International.
Husayn started fencing at the aged seven with Sheffield Buccaneers Fencing Club under the direction of coach Adam Blight.
He was motivated by the success of his two older brothers Yasin and Ahmed in the sport and has had some excellent results including third in the 2008 he World Cadet (Under 17) Championships, third in the European Junior (Under 20) Championships and British Junior Champion in 2010.
Rosowsky said he was delighted to be named in the team and is setting his sights high: “It is a great honour to be selected for the London 2012 Olympics.
“The opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd will make a massive difference to our chances.
“I’m not here just to make up the numbers, I fence because I want to win and there’s no bigger prize than an Olympic medal.”
Rosowsky is one of a number of local athletes who will become better known to sports fans as they begin their Olympic journey.
Ennis is obviously the headline act, but her place will only be confirmed by UK Athletics after the trials in Birmingham (June 22-24). Until then she can only look on enviously at those (see side panel) who already have their kit and their room reserved in the Olympic village.
Over the next few weeks the list of local participants from our area will grow.
Volleyball, for example is based in Sheffield, but city girl Rachel Laybourne and former University of Sheffield student Nichola Osborne will be ones to watch when the sport names its final squad at the end of the month.
Basketball could see Millhouses lad Devon Van Oostrum lining up for Team GB against the giants of the sport. Former Sharks boss Chris Finch is coach of the men’s team and Hatters legend Vanessa Ellis an assistant coach of the women’s squad, so they’re both definitely in London.
Swimming and diving have a strong local presence. Joe Roebuck, Becky Turner and Ellie Faulkner have already qualified in the pool while Nick Robinson-Baker and Monique Gladding have booked their place from the board.
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