Fittingly it was a gold coloured ribbon, the colour that means everything to Jess Ennis this year.
Sheffield’s superstar heptathlete took time out from training at the English Institute of Sport to officially open the venue’s Fitness Unlimited gym, which has undergone a major refurbishment.
Jessica was joined for the ribbon cutting by former Olympic silver medallist and EIS Regional Director, Peter Elliott, and GB wheelchair basketball players, Kevin Hayes and Ian Sagar.
Under a six figure plan, the gym has been transformed to include state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, a new group fitness studio and refurbished changing rooms.
Jessica said: “I was really pleased to be a part of the official opening. The new gym looks fantastic and it has almost doubled in size. I hope it will inspire even more people to take part in fitness activities.”
As an elite and community venue, the gym is used by 2012 athletes such as Jessica and the GB Boxing squad as well as members of the public, GP referral patients and On Track, the scheme for teenage cancer patients.
Meanwhile Jess is ready to put a marker down as she prepares to defend her World pentathlon title at the Wiorld Indoor Championships in Turkey next month.
“I’m feeling good and training is going well. It’s a big competition so everything will be geared for that,” she said.
“I want to peak for the Championships and be at my best. After that I’ll get back into my training and then, obviously, hope to peak for the London Olympics. It will be a good indication as to how my training has gone.
“Every athlete wants to start the season by putting a marker down.”, she added.
However, Jess will firstly take part in the Aviva Indoor UK Trials and Championships at the English Institute of Sport on February 11-12, when she will compete in a number of events.
Fitness Unlimited membership also offers access to sports facilities and classes at Ponds Forge, Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Don Valley Stadium, Concord Sports Centre, Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre, Springs Leisure Centre, Stocksbridge Leisure Centre and Heeley Swimming Pool. For more information visit www.eis-sheffield.co.uk.