Recognition for Sheffield ace Matthew

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WORLD number one Nick Matthew is poised to be inducted into a prestigious Hall of Champions in Sheffield next week.

The reigning world champ is set to take time out of training to attend the celebration event at the English Institute of Sport on Monday.

It was in 2009 Lord Sebastian Coe opened the Hall of Champions, which is designed to recognise the success of Sheffield’s finest elite sports men and women.

It features sporting greats who have trained at the state-of-the-art facility, operated by Sheffield International Venues (SIV), on their way to world or Olympic success.

A giant image of Matthew will be unveiled alongside world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis, double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, James Degale and Paul Goodison, who both won gold in Beijing and Winter Olympic gold medalist Nicola Minichiello.

Matthew went on a 35-match unbeaten streak last year. The 30-year-old clinched double gold in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, before becoming the first Englishman to be crowned world champion at the World Squash Open in Saudi Arabia in December 2010.

Last month, he retained his Canary Wharf Classic crown, defeating fellow Englishman Peter Barker in the final.