Olympic gold for Sheffield graduate Jessica Ennis

Sheffield’s very own Jessica Ennis, who graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield in 2007, has won a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics for the Heptathlon.

Jessica EnnisThe pressure was on Ennis, who has become the face of the London 2012 Olympics and has been subject to an 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 medalist Lilli Schwarzkopf by 306 points and bronze medalist Tatyana Chernova by a further 21 points.

Ennis overcame the heartbreak of missing the Beijing 2008 Olympics due to injury to become the country's first heptathlon gold medalist 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, who still lives and trains in Sheffield, received an honorary degree from the University of Sheffield in January 2010 and was made a Sheffield Legend after being nominated by Sheffield residents as bringing the city recognition at national or international level.

She is also patron of the University's Elite Sports Performance Scheme (ESPS), which was launched last 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.

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Elite Sports Performance Scheme

The University of Sheffield’s Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

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