Sheffield’s golden girl of athletics has joined Sheffield’s prestigious ‘walk of fame’ this meant a double celebration for Jessica, who was also given an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2011.
On Monday 20th June 2011 Lord Mayor, Cllr Sylvia Dunkley, joined World Champion heptathlete, Jessica Ennis, as she unveiled her plaque, joining previous local heroes such as Seb Coe, Michael Palin, Sean Bean and Joe Cocker outside the Town Hall.
Sheffield’s Former Lord Mayor, Councillor Alan Law JP said: “Jessica is known and admired by sports fans across the world. She is a great ambassador for the city and is an ideal role model for young people, not just in Sheffield, but nationally.
“There were many very worthy nominations for this year’s honour, but she truly deserves to become a Sheffield Legend, as perhaps the greatest athlete of her generation.”
After progressing through junior and youth competitions, Jessica hit the international headlines in her first senior championships for the English team in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, where she was a surprise bronze medal winner in the heptathlon.
Jessica is now a double Outdoor and Indoor World Champion after winning the Gold medals in Berlin and Doha. She became World Outdoor Heptathlon Champion at Berlin 2009 and World Indoor Pentathlon Champion at Doha 2010 - setting a new pentathlon championship record with 4,937 points.
In 2010, Jessica became European Heptathlon Champion in Barcelona with 6,823 points a new championship record.
Jessica became the world’s top all-round female athlete when she won the heptathlon Gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games with a British record total of 6,955 points.
In December 2012 Jessica was made a Commander of the British Empire in the New Year's honours and this was followed by winning the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award in March 2013.
Jessica attended King Ecgbert School in Dore before going to the University of Sheffield, where she gained a degree in psychology in 2007. She is a key member of the City of Sheffield Athletics Club.