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Jessica Ennis has been appointed CBE for services to athletics in New Year’s Honours list


Jessica Ennis, 26, who is from Sheffield, won heptathlon gold at the 2012 Games. She ran a personal best of 12.54 seconds in the 100m hurdles on the first morning of competition, the fastest time in heptathlon history. Jessica is also one of the patrons to the Elite Sport Performance Scheme. Last year she was awarded an MBE, so this now gets superseded by her CBE.

London 2012 heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis is among people from South Yorkshire recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

With Sheffield roots, London 2012 chief Lord Coe, who grew up in Sheffield, has joined the exclusive Order of the Companion of Honour, which is restricted to 65 members.

Lord Coe led the successful bid to host the Olympics and oversaw the Games as chairman of organisers Locog.

See Jessica interviewed about her CBE by Sky Sports here

Elite Sports Performance Students Honoured in University Annual Awards Evening - 5th Dec 2012

Outstanding athletes who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of the country's Olympic heroes were honoured with unique scholarships to support their sporting ambitions at the University of Sheffield last night (Wednesday 5 December 2012).

The 24 rising stars were awarded with the Elite Sports Performance Scheme (ESPS) status in a special ceremony at the Students' Union to help them achieve their sporting and academic dreams.

This year will go down in sporting history with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, bringing unprecedented success for Team GB.

See ESPS Student Profiles – Click here

Two inspirational University of Sheffield graduates who represented Team GB presented the aspiring students with their awards. Paralympic table tennis champion, Dave Wetherill, 22, graduated from the University in 2011 with a Biological Chemistry degree and Kieran O'Malley, 24, graduated with a Management degree in 2009 and was part of Team GB's volleyball squad this summer.

David said: "Having been through ESPS myself I felt really honoured to be asked to come back and present the awards. Sheffield is a great city for sport and it is wonderful to come back and thank the people who supported my through my time here at the University of Sheffield.

"Going to London 2012 was one of the best experiences of my life – walking out in front of a home crowd and having everyone cheering for you was absolutely phenomenal. It is fantastic to think that I may be competing alongside some of the new ESPS students at Rio 2016."

Kieran added: "The ESPS programme did not exist when I was studying at the University and I think it is an incredible scheme. This support will be invaluable to students as it is quite difficult to juggle competing for your country and your studies especially when you have lots of deadlines."

The Elite Sports Performance Scheme was launched in 2010 to provide financial and non-financial support to talented student athletes at the University. Olympic golden girl Jessica Ennis and BBC sports presenter Dan Walker are patrons of the ESPS which is split into two levels.

Level One includes a range of support services such as free access to the S10health Fitness Centre, physiotherapy and lifestyle mentoring. Level Two scholarship includes all of the support services and a £1,000 scholarship. Last night 16 students achieved Level One status and eight students received Level Two scholarships.

Volleyball champion and Mechanical Engineering student, Adam Karakoc, 19, who represented England under 19s in the European Championships earlier this year, was also awarded free University accommodation at Endcliffe Village for a year courtesy of Catalyst Higher Education PLC.

"Winning this award is absolutely terrific and it will make a huge difference to me in my first year at University," said Adam.

"The generous offer means that I don’t have the pressure of finding a part-time summer job to pay for my accommodation and in turn can focus more on my training which is essential for my development and improvement.

"The ESPS is brilliant for athletes like myself who are trying to balance your studies and sports training."
Tracey Baker, Head of Sport, said: “We are so proud to have had some of our graduates represent their country and in turn their University on the world stage- they are all inspirational. I am delighted that the Team GB representatives and University of Sheffield graduates have come back to present ESPS awards to our current students”.

To ensure the Olympic legacy continues to inspire the sporting stars of the future the University of Sheffield has launched the Ennis Scholarship, in honour of the achievements made by Sheffield's very own Olympic icon Jessica Ennis. The £1,500 Ennis Scholarship is synonymous with 'achieving excellence', which is one of the guiding principles that underpin the University's mission and strategy.

The inaugural award was presented to long jump prodigy Jazmin Sawyers who achieved a silver medal at the Winter Youth Olympics for Bobsleigh and a bronze medal at the World Junior Athletics Championships earlier this year.

See more about The Ennis Scholarship - Click here

Jazmin is now training alongside Jessica Ennis with UK Sports Coach of the Year 2012 and University of Sheffield alumnus Toni Minichiello, and is a medal hopeful for the next Olympics in Rio 2016.

See some photos of the evening here – more to follow in the next week.

Dr Philip Harvey, Registrar and Secretary of the University of Sheffield, said: "This year has been truly magnificent for British sport and it is so important that the legacy of London 2012 helps to inspire the sporting champions of tomorrow.

"I hope that the scheme's vital support will help our talented young athletes follow in the footsteps of ESPS patron Jessica Ennis by allowing them to strive for superb success in both their studies and the sporting arena."

The scholarships are made possible thanks to donations from generous local companies, alumni and friends of the University.

Miles Stevenson, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, said: "We are extremely grateful to the alumni, staff, friends and organisations that made donations to help the Elite Sports Performance Scheme continue its fantastic work. It is with their help that elite student athletes, can perform at the highest level, whilst receiving a world-class degree from the University of Sheffield."

An inspirational sporting star who will be going for gold in Rio 2016 is set to be awarded a prestigious scholarship from the University of Sheffield, helping her make a leap towards Olympic success.

Jazmin going for gold
Jazmin Sawyers going for gold

Rising star Jazmin Sawyers, will tonight (Friday 30 November 2012) receive the first ever Ennis Scholarship Award from the University of Sheffield's Elite Sports Performance Scheme (ESPS), in light of her outstanding sporting success.

Named after Olympic golden girl and University of Sheffield alumna, Jessica Ennis, the award will be presented during a highly anticipated An Evening with Jessica Ennis event to be held at Sheffield's City Hall.

This year Jazmin achieved a silver medal at the Winter Youth Olympics and a bronze medal at the World Junior Athletics Championships, before beginning a Law and Criminology degree at the University of Sheffield.

The 18-year-old long jump prodigy, who is originally from Stoke-On-Trent, recently moved to the city and joined Toni Minichiello's training group alongside Sheffield's own Jessica Ennis.

Reaching great heights
Reaching great heights

The determined athlete was initially talent-spotted by the British Bobsleigh Association and took silver in the Winter Youth Olympics in Austria earlier this year.

Jazmin moved from the ice onto the athletics track becoming a sensational heptathlete before choosing to focus her efforts on a single event – the long jump.

The decision paid off for Jazmin as she finished this summer as the number one ranked junior long jumper in the world after jumping a massive personal best at the Olympic trials where she beat London 2012 gold medallist Jessica Ennis.

Tonight's special event will be hosted by fellow University of Sheffield alumnus and sports presenter Dan Walker and is expected to raise thousands of pounds for the Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity's Make it Better Appeal - which aims to transform the Children's Hospital in Sheffield into a world class environment for patients; the Christian charity Taste, and the University's ESPS.

The ESPS, of which Jessica Ennis is a patron, was launched in 2010 to provide financial and non-financial support to talented student athletes at the University, who are representing their country and competing at international level.

"I think Jessica has shown that it is possible to go through your studies and get your degree and still be the best in the world," said Jazmin.

"I think for her to be patron of the scholarship is fantastic. For students training to be a world class athlete this support is really valuable."

Jazmin will be awarded £1,500 through the scholarship helping her to achieve her sporting and academic dreams. Next summer Jazmin will compete in the European Juniors and then hopefully the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: "Our Elite Sports Scholarship Scheme is a very important thing for the University.

"It enables students who are elite performers in their own field to do their very best but also to be great students at the University.

"We have some wonderful elite sports men and women as students in Sheffield at the moment and we want to do all we can to make sure their potential for winning Olympic medals in Brazil at the Olympics in 2016 is realised."

Dr Philip Harvey, Registrar and Secretary of the University of Sheffield, said: "Our Elite Sports Performance Scheme aims to support talented young athletes to receive the support they need to help them excel in their studies and the sporting arena.

"Jessica Ennis is an inspirational patron and we hope that students like Jazmin will, with our help, become the sporting champions of tomorrow."

It is hoped that the support of the ESPS will inspire the next generation of University of Sheffield athletes to become World or Olympic Champions in their sport.

The highest level of support includes a scholarship worth £1,000, which has been generously donated by local companies, alumni and friends of the University.

Miles Stevenson, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, said: "We are extremely grateful to the alumni, staff, friends and organisations that made donations to help the Elite Sports Performance Scholarship continue its fantastic work.

"It is with their help that elite student athletes, like Jazmin, can perform at the highest level, whilst receiving a world-class degree from the University of Sheffield."

Tickets for An Evening with Jessica Ennis, at £15, £20 and £30, are available from Sheffield City Hall box office via their website, in person or over the phone: 0114 2789 789. 

Sheffield’s Bryony Page - "Head over heels" with GOLD for GB at World Cup event

Bryony Page one our Elite Sports Performance Scheme(ESPS) athletes, led a superb performance by the British senior women’s trampoline team in Sofia, Bulgaria, by taking the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique World Cup gold in the individual final scoring 54.460 points to top the podium.

Bryony’s success is her first World Cup win and capped a dominant weekend for the British girls which also saw Kat Driscoll (GB Olympian) take the individual silver (54.360 points ) and Kat and Amanda Parker the synchro bronze.

Bryony said : “We have been working really hard on my new routine and it’s been going well in training so to then produce it in a World Cup final felt so good, I’m really proud. When the scores came up I just couldn't stop looking at the screen, and couldn’t believe that my first individual World Cup medal was gold. It felt amazing standing on the podium and hearing the national anthem and even more special standing there with my teammate Kat to complete the GBR one two. Hopefully looking ahead to next year we can continue to be at the top of the podium, I will try to increased my tariff more and continue training hard.”

If it wasn’t for the two per country make final rule the GBR women could even have secured the whole podium as all four team members finished in the top eight in qualifying with Kat Driscoll first, Bryony Page third, Amanda Parker sixth and Laura Gallagher eighth.

Bryony a student in Animal Plant Sciences department, has been an ESPS student for a few years now – see her profile

Get tickets for charity fundraiser in Sheffield - An Evening with Jessica Ennis

Jessica Ennis has agreed to take part in a charity fundraiser at the City Hall in Sheffield.

An Evening with Jessica Ennis will give people the chance to hear her story on Friday, November 30.

Dan Walker, BBC sports presenter and host of Football Focus who also covered the Olympics, will be interviewing Jessica on the night.

The charities benefiting from the event include Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital, Taste (Nigerian communities drinking water charity) and University of Sheffield’s Elite Sport Performance Scheme.

Dan, from Sheffield, said: “Jess has got the spotlight on Sheffield and rightly so. It’s great that we can put on this fantastic event and also support some extremely worthy causes. We’re both very excited to be gracing the Sheffield City Hall stage.

“When Jess won the gold medal she was staggered by the amount of support and nowhere has supported her better than her home town of Sheffield.”

Tickets for An Evening with Jessica Ennis, at £15, £20 and £30, will be available from Sheffield City Hall box office from 9.30am 17 August 2012.

Jessica Ennis was crowned Olympic heptathlon champion in front of an adoring home crowd, as a new British record carried her to gold.

In one of the iconic moments of the London Games, the woman long anointed as the face of the Games fulfilled her destiny with a series of brilliant personal bests that left her rivals helpless.

Ennis knew she was almost certain of the title going into Saturday evening's final event, and she delivered with two minutes 8.65secs in the 800m.

The 26-year-old's total of 6,955 points was a huge 306 points ahead of Germany's Lilli Schwarzkopf in silver and 327 clear of world champion Tatyana Chernova in bronze.

"I honestly can't believe it after all the hard work and after the disappointment in Beijing 2008," said Ennis.

"I am just so happy. I want to thank everyone who has supported me, they have been amazing. I am so thankful that everyone has helped me all this way. I just had to give it everything at the end. I just wanted to make sure I gave them something and brought it all home.

"I told myself at the start that I'm only going to have one moment to do this in front of a crowd in London and I just wanted to give them a good show."

Having set three personal bests in the first six events, Ennis was in relentless mood in a two-lap coronation that brought the 80,000 people present to a deafening crescendo.

She went off hard, led at the bell and was overtaken by Chernova on the back straight only to kick on and storm down the home straight to victory.

Twelve years on from Denise Lewis's heptathlon gold in Sydney, the Sheffield-born athlete somehow handled the enormous weight of expectation to produce her best ever competition when it mattered most.

Ennis had delivered in style during the morning session, producing a brilliant long jump under great pressure and a javelin personal best to lead by 188 points with just the 800m to go.

She had been in early difficulty with a first-round jump of just 5.95m, significantly down on her rival Chernova's 6.54m.

But with the sort of support that multi-eventers can normally only dream of, she jumped 6.40m in the second round and then 6.48m in the third.

It meant she carried a 258-point cushion into the penultimate event, better than she had in beating much of the same field in taking European gold in Barcelona two summers ago.

Ennis has worked hard on her javelin with former GB international Mick Hill, and that dedication paid off when she produced a PB of 47.49m in the third round.

She will go down in British sporting history with this result, and her smiles of disbelief and joy after crossing the line were mirrored around the heaving stands of the Olympic Stadium.

Re-live those 7 events - See how Jessica won 2012 Olympic heptathlon gold:

The magnificent 7!

After the last event – interview with the coach behind the athlete:

Jessica on the podium collecting her gold medal :

University of Sheffield psychologist is the mind mechanic behind London 2012 GB cycling success


Much was expected of the British cycling team during the London Olympic Games, and they have delivered in style, dominating the Velodrome at their home games, and it was the expertise of one University of Sheffield lecturer that helped them deal with the weight placed on their shoulders.

The likes of Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton all had to deal with huge pressure and expectation going into the Games and they can put some of their success down to lecturer from University of Sheffield.

Psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, a lecturer in medicine, acts as a 'mind mechanic' to some of Britain's most successful cyclists, helping them to keep focused on the task in hand.

His pioneering psychological preparation is individual to each athlete and is based on the 'Chimp Model' - whereby the irrational, emotional side of our personality is depicted as a chimp - to help people understand how their minds work and how they can manage them.

Of his role with Team GB - the London Games are his third Olympic Games - Dr Peters says: "The Olympic Village is a hive of activity and can be almost carnival in atmosphere.

"There is a great buzz and one of the pitfalls is to get caught up in this and lose focus on why we are all there. The cyclists are well aware of this and prepared for dealing with distractions."

He continues: "The Olympics is not a pressure for me as I firmly believe it is about doing your best and managing the outcomes."

Prior to the Games, Dr Peters also played a big role in Bradley Wiggins' historic Tour de France victory, explaining: "I am very proud to have been part of the team to support Bradley. He is an easy rider to work with because he knows what he wants and works well to implement psychological skills to gain advantage in cycling."

Wiggins, of course, continued his success into the London Games, picking up Great Britain's first cycling gold in the men's time trial.

That success was followed by five gold wins for cycling, one of which was gained by University of Northumbria graduate Pendleton in women's keirin and another by University of Edinburgh graduate, Sir Chris Hoy in the men's team pursuit alongside Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes.

And former Barton Peveril Sixth Form College student Dani King was celebrating a gold win with the women's team pursuit squad.

Psychology degree will have contributed to Ennis gold, University experts say

6 August 2012


Gaining a degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield will have helped London 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis cope with the pressure of carrying the nation's hopes to win gold, according to her former institution.

Britain's golden girl took the enormous weight of expectation on her slender shoulders this weekend and powered her way to the Olympic title in stunning style.

Staff at the University where Ennis graduated from believe her studies gave her the perfect preparation for keeping calm and performing to the best of her abilities.

Ennis, born and raised in the Steel City, graduated in 2007, and Professor Peter Totterdell was amongst the staff to teach the future Olympic champion.

"She was very down to earth and modest," Professor Totterdell told the national media over the weekend.

He believes her dissertation - 'Mood Regulation and the Depletion of a Limited Resource' - will have given her an insight into how to cope with Olympic pressure.

"I was impressed," he says. "It was about controlling emotions and whether that affects performance, and hopefully, it has been useful in her career.

"She has spoken about moving back into psychology as a future career and I think she'd have a lot to give."

Dr Tom Stafford is a lecturer in the University's Pyschology department, and he believes that her years spent at the institution will have served her well in a variety of other ways.

"The degree in Psychology, like the heptathlon, requires strengths in many different areas," he told Podium.

"Our students will be studying statistical theory one hour, writing three thousand word literature reviews the next and finishing the day carrying out their own practical experiments.

"It's a degree you need to be an all-rounder to excel in, which obviously played to Jess's strengths."

He continues: "The city of Sheffield and the University of Sheffield are both famed for friendliness, and hopefully the massive support Jess got from the people in Sheffield - as well as from everyone else around Great Britain - helped her deal with the pressures of competing."

That support, Professor Totterdell says, will increase still further after her Olympic triumph: "She's a brilliant ambassador for the University and for the city. People in Sheffield love her."

Support Sheffield Alumni Athlete at the Paralympics Table Tennis Event London 2012

David Wetherill first started playing table tennis aged 10, when he went along to the Table Tennis club at his local village hall. He cites his parents as the most important influence in his life; both are PE teachers and his Dad sometimes acts as coach. David competed at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, where he beat the former champion by a comfortable margin to reach the final eight.

Alongside his many sporting achievements, David also graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Biological Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in 2011.

David was part of the Sport Bursary scheme and then more recently the Elite Sports Performance Scheme (Registrars Award 2010/11) whilst he studied at University of Sheffield.

Current Students and Sheffield Alumni Involved in International Orienteering Races

European Championships:
Rachael Elder (now Rothman)
John Rocke (final year medical student)
Dave Schorah (graduated 2011 Sports Engineering, now doing a PhD at Hallam)
Chris Smithard (graduated 2011 Civil Engineering)

Junior World Championships:
Jonathan Crickmore (first year theoretical physics)

World University Championships:
Anwen Darlington (second year biomedical science)
Dave Schorah (graduated 2011 Sports Engineering, now doing a PhD at Hallam)
Kris Jones (withdrew from Physics and now doing Sports Science at Hallam)

All the info about the selections is at

ESPS Nutrition Workshop 2012

On Tuesday 13th March 5pm-6.30pm The Russell Partnership held an Elite Sports Nutrition workshop at The University of Sheffield Union Auditorium.

The Russell Partnership is a supporter of the Elite Sport Performance Scheme and this was a unique opportunity to hear from nutritionist and Founding Partner, Professor David Russell on a range of topics including the role of protein, fluids, the training diet, nutritional strategy to compete and one lucky student won 2 tickets to the Olympics by winning David’s quiz!

David is leading the creation of the Food Strategy and Food Charter for the London Olympic Games this year. He co-chairs the Food Advisory Board, Food Innovation Board and the Legacy Equipment Advisory Group on behalf of The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. He has also played tennis and hockey at a national level.

It was a very interesting workshop.

The slides from the event can be seen here

2011/12 ESPS Awards Night & Announcement of second patron

On Thursday 15th March Sport Sheffield in-conjunction with the Alumni office welcomed guests from the University and local community to celebrate the 2011/12 ESPS awards. 26 students were awarded level 1 on the scheme, 7 students were awarded level 2. One of these students – Hugh Williams (Archery) has received the award of free accommodation for a year (courtesy of Catalyst Higher Education (Sheffield) Plc) and an eatwithUS card (courtesy of Accommodation and Commercial Services).

The Elite Sports Performance Scheme is delighted to have two alumni from the world of sport as its Patrons. Jessica Ennis launched the ESPS in October 2010 and we wish her the best of luck as she prepares to compete in the Heptathlon at the Olympic Games in August 2012. The University was delighted that Dan Walker accepted the invitation to become the second patron to the scheme and present the awards to the student athletes this year. Dan is best known for presenting BBC’s Football Focus and Match of Day.

Due to sporting commitments in the run up to the 2012 Olympics Jessica Ennis was unable to attend the event, but in her absence Dan asked the guests to show their support and appreciation of Jessica’s achievements, a huge round of applause came from the audience.

Congratulations to our students and a big thank you to our donors.

Please look out for the photos which should be available shortly.

Future Olympians awarded Elite Sports Scholarships

Promising young student athletes were presented with scholarships to support their sporting ambitions last night (Thursday 15 March 2012) at the University of Sheffield.

In a ceremony at Sport Sheffield, 31 students were awarded the Elite Sports Performance Scheme (ESPS) scholarship for their sporting potential and their commitment to succeed in both academia and athletics.

Dan-Walker.jpgDan Walker, BBC Sports presenter and University of Sheffield alumnus, presented the awards as a patron of the scheme. Dan said: "The scheme is a way for the young athletes to take a big step forward. It's another part of building a significant sporting centre for many years to come. Jessica Ennis was here last year and I'm sure everyone of the scholars is inspired by her success on the track. She's been through University so she knows how important this sort of support can be for the people doing a sport at the same time. The hope is that some of the young men and women can go on to achieve something similar."

The Elite Sports Performance Scheme was launched in 2010 by Sheffield´s very own World Champion Heptathlete Jessica Ennis, who is also a patron of the scheme. The ESPS provides financial and non-financial support to talented student athletes at the University, with benefits ranging from free access to the S10 Health Fitness Centre to strength and conditioning support, physiotherapy and lifestyle mentoring and financial assistance.

The highest level of support includes a scholarship worth £1,000 which has been generously donated by local companies, alumni and friends of the University.

It is hoped that the support of the ESPS will inspire the next generation of Sheffield University athletes to become World or Olympic Champions in their sport.

smaller-group-shot.jpgOne of the scholars, Great Britain hockey player Hollie Webb, is studying Economics and also plays for a nearby club and the University team. She has to train several times a week on top of her studies. She said: "Without the scholarship I wouldn't be able to play at the level I am and do well at University, so it's helping me to reach my goals. Before coming to University I had a part time job to pay for transport so I could get to training. Now I'm at University I wouldn't really have been able to work, so something would have had to give. The scholarship was one of the reasons I chose to come to the University as there´s not many others that would offer something like this."

Dr Philip Harvey, Registrar and Secretary of the University of Sheffield, said: "I am delighted to see these talented young athletes receive the support they need to help them excel in their studies and the sporting arena through our Elite Sports Performance Scheme. We have some very promising students at the University and we hope the scheme's vital support, alongside inspirational patrons such as Jessica Ennis, will help them to become the sporting champions of tomorrow."

Group-shot.jpgMiles Stevenson, Director of Development for Alumni Relations, said: "We are extremely grateful to the alumni, staff, friends and organisations that made donations to help this scheme continue its fantastic work. It is with their help that these elite student athletes can perform at the highest level, whilst receiving a world-class degree from the University of Sheffield."

Westfield Health is providing financial backing for the scholarships. Paul Shires, Westfield Health Sales and Marketing Director, said: "This scheme is a perfect example of health, education and business working together towards a common goal, and we´re delighted to be involved.

"We'll be following the progress of the athletes and cheering them on all the way, in the knowledge that Westfield Health helped make a difference."

Notes for Editors: To find out more about ESPS, visit: ESPS

To find out more about Sport Sheffield, visit: Sport Sheffield

To find out more about Alumni and Development or to donate visit: Alumni and Development

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