Ennis proud of honour in home city

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OLYMPIC champion heptathlete Jessica Ennis yesterday told how she was honoured to have her achievements recognised by a venue she uses for training in her home city.

The English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield includes a Hall of Champions, which showcases athletes who have trained there and gone on to world or Olympic success.

Ennis had already seen her image included among other after she became world champion in 2009, but now a giant image of the Sheffield athlete celebrating Olympic gold has been installed.

She said: “The EIS has been such a huge part of my preparation for the Olympics. To have my winning image up on the wall with all of the other members of the Hall of Champions makes me very proud – not only of what I have achieved but of the incredible talent from Sheffield.

“I hope seeing all the images inspires the school kids who get to train here. We are all very lucky to have such amazing facilities to use.”

Earlier this year Great Britain’s three Olympic boxing gold medallists – Luke Campbell, Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams – were also honoured after training at EIS.

Savannah Marshall, Great Britain’s first ever female amateur boxing gold medallist, Sheffield squash star, Nick Matthew, and Dame Kelly Holmes are among other stars whose images are on display.