Sheffield diving star is in the frame for art show

Olympic hopeful and high diving expert Monique Gladding, aged 30, trains and lives in Sheffield and has been chosen as this year's 'Art in the Gardens' celebrity
Olympic hopeful and high diving expert Monique Gladding, aged 30, trains and lives in Sheffield and has been chosen as this year's 'Art in the Gardens' celebrity

Olympic hopeful Monique Gladding is to have her portrait painted by hundreds of artists for Sheffield’s annual Portraits of Distinction competition.

The high diving expert, who lives and trains in Sheffield, has been chosen as the subject for this year’s contest, which will form part of the Art in the Gardens exhibition.

Artists from across the region will paint a portrait of the 30-year-old athlete, based on pictures taken by renowned photographer Trevor Neal.

Monique joins a long list of names who have been the centrepiece of the competition, including stars of stage and screen Bradley Walsh, Bruce Jones, Toby Foster, music icon Dave Berry, artist Joe Scarborough, BBC weather presenters Paul Hudson and Lisa Gallagher, and the Earl and Countess of Scarbrough.

Monique said: “It is an absolute privilege and honour to be involved with this project, and to be aligned with the people that have previously taken part.

“Having studied art at school my passion still continues and it is something I love and use in my downtime to relax and unwind.

“I am really looking forward to seeing the different interpretations from the artists and to judge the event in September.”

Competitors can collect the photographs from Sheffield Council’s parks and countryside reception, Meersbrook Park, Brook Road.

Portraits will be exhibited at the Art in the Gardens event at the Botanical Gardens from September 1.

n Entry to the event is £6 for adults, children and young people under 16 are free.