We’re rooting for our local champions – wishing them the best of Yorkshire luck and heaps of support for the challenging and exciting months ahead.
Sheffield heptathlete Jessica Ennis, who trains at Don Valley Stadium and EIS-Sheffield, is tipped to win gold at the Olympics. Jessica recently set a new British heptathlon record when scoping the Hypo event in Austria with 6,906 points. Her score beat the old British best of 6,831, set by former Olympic champion Denise Lewis in 2000.
Doncaster-born Tae Kwon Do champion Sarah Stevenson started to blaze her career trail in 1998, by becoming the Junior World Champion, followed by Junior European Champion in 1999. Sarah went on to become World Champion in 2001, the sport’s first ever British World Champion.
Only last month Leeds brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee demonstrated their domination in the countdown to the London Olympics by finishing first and second in the world series triathlon circuit race in Kitzbuehel – seven weeks before the capital’s games where they will be competing against each other in the triathlon.
Another star making a splash is South Yorkshire’s Rebecca Turner who is going for glory in the Swimming – freestyle & 4x100m freestyle on 28th July (4x100m) and 30th July (200m) at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre. Rebecca demonstrated she is no respecter of reputations when she usurped Olympic and world medalists to claim a confident 200-metres freestyle victory and book her spot on the Olympic team; the 19-year-old powered from fourth to first on the final length in a personal best well within the qualification time.
Turner’s City of Sheffield team-mate Eleanor Faulkner is also gearing up for success after picking up her second bronze medal of the British Gas Swimming Championships.
Good luck wishes extend to South Yorkshire athlete and archery hotshot Amy Oliver who will represent Great Britain. Ms Oliver, who hails from Mexborough, became British champion in 2007 and helped the British team win silver at the Commonwealth Games two years ago.
Punching above his weight is Luke Campbell who was boxing for England at just 15 years old. In 2007 he scooped his first senior ABAE Championship, which he retained in 2008, and joined the GB Boxing squad at the age of 19.
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