Jess MBE joins Walk of Fame

Golden moment: Sheffield's athletics queen Jess Ennis with her Heptathlon medal at the IAAF World Championships at the Olympiastadion, Berlin.
Golden moment: Sheffield's athletics queen Jess Ennis with her Heptathlon medal at the IAAF World Championships at the Olympiastadion, Berlin.
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SHEFFIELD’S golden girl of athletics, Jessica Ennis, who was awarded an an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, will be inducted into the city’s Walk of Fame next week.

The name of the world champion heptathlete will go on a plaque in the pavement in front of the town hall in a ceremony hosted by Lord Mayor Sylvia Dunkley on Monday at 12.15pm.

It will join other Sheffield legends including Seb Coe, Michael Palin, Sean Bean and Joe Cocker.

Coun Dunkley said: “Jessica will be a wonderful addition to the city’s Walk of Fame.

“She is a great ambassador for the city across the world and is an ideal role model for young people, not just in Sheffield, but nationally.

“There were many very worthy nominations for this year’s honour but she truly deserves to become a Sheffield Legend, as one of the greatest athletes of her generation.”

Jessica, who went to King Ecgbert School in Totley and now lives in Woodseats, was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to athletics.

The 25-year-old, one of Britain’s best medal hopes for the 2012 London Olympics, said she hoped it would inspire young people in Sheffield to take up sport and “always strive to achieve their best”.

She added: “I love my sport and can’t think of anything I would want to do more.

“To be recognised for the years of hard work and the success I have had over the past two years means so much.”