Sheffield’s Team GB athletes to get a real Steel City send-off

Farewell: Jessica Ennis.
Farewell: Jessica Ennis.
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ATHLETES training in Sheffield as part of the Great Britain team will be getting a Steel City send-off next week as they head to London for the Olympic Games.

The sportsmen and women will appear in the Peace Gardens in Sheffield city centre at 1pm, giving the public a chance to cheer them on and say their farewells as the athletes travel to London for their Olympic medal attempts.

Large groups of schoolchildren from around Sheffield will be visiting the Peace Gardens to take part in the event.

Team GB members confirmed to appear include heptathlete Jessica Ennis, tipped to take gold, and swimmer Ellie Faulkner, who qualified for the Olympics in April by winning silver in the 800m free race at the British Gas Swimming Championships.

Also meeting the crowds will be young table tennis player Liam Pitchford.

Liam, from Chesterfield, began playing table tennis aged eight, and at just 18 has two Commonwealth Games medals to his name.

Sports fans will also be able to see off volleyball player Rachel Laybourne.

Rachel has represented Great Britain in nearly 70 competitions, and was part of the team that took Britain to a gold medal win in the 2008 Novotel Cup.

Also confirmed are members of the GB boxing and diving teams.

After waving goodbye to their fans, the athletes will move on to the City Hall for a private drinks reception.

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