Top award for Jessica Ennis-Hill’s mentor

Jessica Ennis-Hill and her coach Toni Minichiello
Jessica Ennis-Hill and her coach Toni Minichiello
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The man who took Jessica Ennis-Hill to Olympic and world championship greatness has been honoured with a top award.

Sheffield’s Toni Minichiello won the BT Sport JL Manning Award for services off the field of play in athletics, organised by the Sports Journalists’ Association. The honour recognises his “outstanding service” at many levels to his sport. He tweeted: “Very humbled and absolutely stunned to receive the Manning Award for Services to Sport.” Ennis-Hill led a variety of well-wishers including Sheffield United Head of Community Mark Todd, Abbeydale Tennis ‏club and Sheffield Sharks.