Sheffield’s golden girl Jess tops world poll for inspiration

Jessica Ennis-Hill
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Sheffield’s own Olympic superstar Jessica Ennis-Hill has been named under 25-year-olds’ most inspiring person – ahead of Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Barack Obama.

The champion heptathlete topped an ‘Inspiration Index’ otherwise dominated by the over-40s.

Among the top 25 role models, more than a third were women. Ellen DeGeneres, Dame Judi Dench, JK Rowling and Rebecca Adlington all rank highly.

The poll – published to coincide with Starbucks Youth Action which supports young people to carry out a project for their community – also included in its top 100 Tom Hanks, Sir Isaac Newton, Bob Marley, Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, Angelina Jolie, John Lennon, Shakespeare and Bruce Forsyth.