Good luck to our alumni in Rio!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since Jessica Ennis-Hill (BSc Psychology 2007, Hon LittD 2010) became London 2012’s golden girl with that stunning victory in the Olympic Stadium. But tonight sees the Rio 2016 opening ceremony take place and once again Sheffield will have a strong presence both on and off the field of play. Dan Walker (BA History 1998, MA Journalism Studies 1999) will be presenting live coverage every evening on BBC 4 and many other former Sheffield students will be involved behind the scenes, from performance staff to communications support.

Six Sheffield alumni will be competing in the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, with five representing Team GB and one representing Kosovo. We would like to wish everyone involved the best of luck! Here’s an introduction to Sheffield alumni taking part:

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE
(BSc Psychology 2007, Hon LittD 2010)

Athletics (heptathlon), Team GB

The golden girl of London 2012, Jessica is hoping to add a second Olympic gold to her collection. Jessica grew up in Sheffield, and trained here all through her studies with long-time coach Toni Minichiello (LLB Law 1996, Hon LittD 2013), to get to where she is now as one of the best athletes in the world. Jessica has also been patron of our Elite Sports Performance Scheme (ESPS) which supports talented athletes through their studies.

When to watch: The women's heptathlon takes place on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August, with the final event, the 800m, scheduled for 02:53am UK time.

Bryony Page

Bryony Page
(BSc Biology 2015)

Gymnastics (trampoline), Team GB

ESPS gymnast Bryony trained and competed all through her studies and has been crowned British Champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She was part of the gold medal-winning team at the 2014 and 2016 European Championships.

When to watch: The women's trampoline takes place on Friday 12th August, with qualification starting at 18:03 and the final at 19:42 UK time.

Hollie Webb

Hollie Webb
(BA Economics 2013)

Hockey, Team GB

Hollie was the recipient of one of our ESPS scholarships, which helped to support her training during her studies. She made her international debut in 2013, just before graduating from Sheffield, and has gone on to win silver at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and gold at the 2015 EuroHockey Championships.

When to watch: The women's hockey tournament takes place from Saturday 6th to Friday 19th August.

Lum Zhaveli

Lum Zhaveli
(BSc Computer Science 2013)

Swimming (50m freestyle), Kosovo

Lum is a graduate of our International Faculty in Thessaloniki, Greece, and currently studying for a master’s degree at the University of Arizona. Lum is one of eight athletes competing for Kosovo, where he started training at the age of 12, in the 50m freestyle.

When to watch: The men's 50m freestyle takes place on Thursday 11th, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August.

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David Wetherill
(BSc Biological Chemistry 2012)

Table Tennis, ParalympicsGB

David has competed for Great Britain at the 2008, 2012 and now 2016 Paralympic Games. He finished in the top eight in Beijing and won bronze and silver medals at the 2015 European Championships. David also received support from an ESPS scholarship during his time studying at Sheffield.

When to watch: The Paralympic men's table tennis tournament takes place from Thursday 8th to Saturday 17th September.

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Jazmin Sawyers

Jazmin Sawyers
(studied Law and Criminology 2012–13)

Athletics (long jump), Team GB

Although now a graduate of the University of Bristol, Jazmin started her studies here at Sheffield. Jazmin has won long jump silver at both the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the European Championships earlier this summer. She has also competed in the heptathlon and even the bobsleigh, in which she won silver at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics.

When to watch: The women's long jump qualifying takes place on Wednesday 17th August at 01:05am with the final the following day at 01:15am UK time.

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