Community 05.10.16

Sporting greats line up for glittering gala dinner

More than 50 sportsmen and women, including golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill, will be VIP guests at Sheffield’s Celebration of Sport at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (Wednesday 5 October.)
Almost 20 athletes from Rio 2016, five world champions and nine Olympic and Paralympic medallists representing 15 sports are expected at the red-carpet event, which is being hosted by BBC sports reporter Tanya Arnold.
Amongst the other top names attending the star-studded event is Olympic hockey champion, Hollie Webb, Paralympic rowing champion, Grace Clough, Olympic trampolining silver medallist, Bryony Page, Olympic boxing silver medallist, Joe Joyce, IBF heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, professional mountain biker, Steve Peat, and British cycling road champion, Adam Blythe.
They will be joined by Sheffield sporting legends John and Sheila Sherwood, Roger Taylor, Peter Elliott, Johnny Nelson, Keith Hackett and Uriah Rennie.
Six grassroots sports awards will be presented on the evening for Sports Club of the Year, Sports Woman of the Year, Sports Man of the Year, Future Star, Unsung Hero and Overcoming Adversity.
More than 600 people are attending Sheffield’s Celebration of Sport, organised by the Olympic Legacy Park. The event will be held in the centre of the Indoor Athletics Arena at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield and include a trampolining display and auction in aid of The Children’s Hospital Charity and SportsAid Yorkshire and the Humber.
It comes on the same day that one of Sheffield’s most famous sporting sons, Lord Sebastian Coe, returns ‘home’ to see first-hand how the city is playing a key role in delivering a sport, health and wellbeing legacy.
During the day, Lord Coe will tour the facilities being delivered as part of Sheffield’s London 2012 legacy including the city’s second UTC and Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) and induct five world-class athletes into the Hall of Champions at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield.
He will also officially open Graves Health and Sports Centre and the new National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) facility. The NCSEM is one of only seven projects in the world sanctioned by the IOC.
Richard Caborn, project lead for Legacy Park Ltd, said: “Wednesday 5 October is going to be a huge day for Sheffield.
“Our city has a reputation for being modest and not always shouting about its achievements. Sheffield’s Celebration of Sport is about showing to the rest of the world how we’re delivering the biggest sport, health and wellbeing legacy project outside London. We want everyone to know what makes the city so great for sport.
“These events will mark another milestone in Sheffield’s sporting history – the development of the OLP providing one of the best sporting facilities for community, professional and elite sport, and the NCSEM and AWRC delivering answers to the health problems of the nation.
“It’s the start of an exciting period with further significant investments into the legacy park expected over the next 12-months.”