Civic reception for Olympic champion Jessica Ennis
Fans of former University of Sheffield student and Olympic golden girl Jessica Ennis can celebrate her success with the champion heptathlete at a special home coming on Friday (17 August 2012).
Thousands of supporters are expected to attend the civic reception at Barkers Pool from 4pm to catch Jessica, who graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield in 2007.
The celebrations – which will include music, sport and film – start at 4pm with the civic reception at 6.15pm. There will then be a private reception for Jessica and her family in the adjacent City Hall from 7pm onwards.
Anyone attending the spectacular event is asked to wear something gold in honour of Jessica’s gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics for the Heptathlon.
Ennis become the face of the London 2012 Olympics and was subject to intense media spotlight, to achieve the dreams of Olympic glory that her home city and the entire nation were praying for.
But Jessica thrived under pressure as the crowd cheered her on to the gold medal and a British and Commonwealth record score of 6,955 points, beating silver medallist Lilli Schwarzkopf by 306 points and bronze medallist Tatyana Chernova by a further 21 points.
Ennis previously overcame the heartbreak of missing the Beijing 2008 Olympics due to injury to become the country's first heptathlon gold medallist at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, before winning gold again at the European Championships in Barcelona and scooping silver in Daegu in 2011.
Jessica received an honorary degree from the University of Sheffield in January 2010 and is patron of the University's Elite Sports Performance Scheme (ESPS) which was launched in 2009 to provide financial and non-financial support to talented student athletes at the University, who are representing England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland in one of Sport England's recognised sports.
She was also awarded the University's Chancellor's Medal in 2008 in recognition of her outstanding athletic achievements.
Elite Sports Performance Scheme
The Elite Sports Performance Scheme enables elite athletes wishing to study at Sheffield with the opportunities and support needed to ensure they can be successful not only in the sporting arena but in the academic one too. Any student representing their country in one of Sport England's recognised sports will have the opportunity to apply.
The University of Sheffield
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