Olympic heptathlon queen Jessica Ennis-Hill was just 14 when she won the Sheffield Federation for School Sports’ Harold Whitham Award, for outstanding performance.
And in this week’s Grass Roots supplement, we take a look at the young sportsmen and women who may one day follow in her footsteps and conquer the world.
The 2013 instalment of the Sheffield Federation for School Sports awards took place last week, and amongst the fourteen winners honoured on the night were triple jumper Adam Khan, who won the Whitham award, and Birley Community College pupil Niamh Hardy, a keen young sportswoman who faced an altogether different challenge when she was diagnosed with cancer.
The Pauline Fidler award, presented by Star sports writer Richard Fidler in honour of his late mother, went to Sheffield Schools goalkeeper Ewan Dorman, and Newfield School pupil Lucy Horan was presented with a special award after winning gold at the tramploning world championships in Bulgaria.
There is a full report of that achievement, alongside fellow Steel City girl Bryony Page, on page two - and trampolining is just one of EIGHTEEN sports in your 20-page Grass Roots this week.
There are six pages packed with the latest amateur football action, and an in-depth picture special on Sheffield Tigers as they celebrated a much-needed win last weekend.
Sports writer Dom Howson speaks to Mitchell Travis, the latest snooker star to emerge from the city, and we have news of a special honour for Sheffield Hatters stalwart Betty Codona after 53 years of service to the successful basketball side.
Alongside the usual favourites - bowls, angling and athletics, there’s a range of sports including boxing, equestrian and darts.
Plus, don’t miss the story of three sets of brothers in the same lacrosse side, plus an emotional tribute paid to a popular city footballer who died of cancer.
All of this, and more, is inside your Sheffield Star tomorrow - and, as ever, if you have a story or picture you want to get published, please let us know!