Jess becomes Sheffield’s youngest legend

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis is the latest Sheffield Legend to be named on the Sheffield 'Walk of Fame' outside the city's town hall. From left  Lord Mayor, Cllr Sylvia Dunkley,  Vinnie Ennis, Jess's Dad, Jess, Alison Powell, Jess's Mum and Council Leader Julie Dore
Heptathlete Jessica Ennis is the latest Sheffield Legend to be named on the Sheffield 'Walk of Fame' outside the city's town hall. From left Lord Mayor, Cllr Sylvia Dunkley, Vinnie Ennis, Jess's Dad, Jess, Alison Powell, Jess's Mum and Council Leader Julie Dore

WORLD champion hepathlete Jessica Ennis became the latest Sheffield star – and the youngest – to join the city’s Walk of Fame outside the Town Hall.

She is the 17th ‘legend’ to be nominated and her plaque in the pavement has now joined those of other well-known Sheffielders including Jarvis Cocker, Michael Palin, Joe Cocker, Sean Bean and Sebastian Coe.

The 25-year-old – one of Britain’s brightest hopes in the 2012 London Olympics – was with her parents, Vinnie Ennis and Alison Powell, for the ceremony on Monday.

She said: “To hear all the names that are down on the pavement already, it’s really surreal to be honoured.

“The people of Sheffield have always supported me and I’d like to thank them.

“I hope I can keep achieving great things.”

She added: “With the Olympics around the corner, I hope I can bring a gold medal home for Sheffield.”

Jess went to King Ecgbert School in Dore before going to Sheffield University, where she graduated with a degree in psychology in 2007.

Lord Mayor Coun Sylvia Dunkley said: “Jessica is a Sheffielder through and through.

“She is a huge ambassador for the city and is a great inspiration for our young people, not only in Sheffield but nationally.”

The accolade followed Jess being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

She continued her comeback from injury at the Northern Outdoor Championships in Manchester, winning the long jump and taking silver in the javelin.

But she said: “It wasn’t brilliant. I’d have liked to have jumped better. I was a bit flat.

“There are things to work on.”