Women in Sport week: Inspirational Sheffield names

It is Women in Sport week this week, so to celebrate we compiled a list of some talented and inspirational sportswomen from Sheffield.

1. Jessica Ennis-Hill

Despite being a multi-award winning sports person and record breaker, Sheffield born Jessica Ennis-Hill has stayed true to her roots and remains a fan of Sheffield United.

Now retired, Ennis-Hill has an impressive athletic history. Among her many accolades are three world titles and a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

She also made history when she became the first British woman to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

2. Sheila Sherwood

Born in Parson Cross, Sheffield, Sheila Sherwood is a former long jumper whose career took off at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston when she won the silver medal.

Sherwood took the gold medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh with a career best jump of 6.73 metres and finished fourth at the 1971 European Championships in Helsinki. She also competed in three consecutive Olympic games.

After her retirement from athletics, Sherwood began teaching PE at a secondary school in Sheffield as well as helping to form the City of Sheffield Athletic Club with her husband.

3. Millie Bright

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Millie Bright is a Killamarsh born international women’s footballer who currently plays for Chelsea L.F.C.

She competed with England in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 where they beat France 1-0 and is expected to play in the World Cup for England this summer.

4. Lucy Creamer

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Climbing is the beating heart of sport in Sheffield and Lucy Creamer is one of the best.

Renowned for her capabilities as an all-round climber, Creamer has won British Leading Champion seven times and won the British Bouldering Championship in 2001. She has also qualified for the World Championships twice, where she won 9th place in 2003.

Creamer continues to take on some of the most difficult climbs across the world and is the only British woman to successfully climb the most difficult routes first time, without any practice.

4. Jessica Harrison

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Jessica Harrison was born in Sheffield but moved to France when she finished her degree and has since claimed French citizenship.

Harrison is a five time French national champion and two time Olympian. Since retiring from international racing in 2013, Harrison has been working full-time for her clothing brand Mako Sport.

Harrison was also a part of the 18-member committee which secured the Paris 2024 bid for the Olympics.

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