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Posted: 22/11/10

Top British athlete impresses students

European Champion 2010 and world heptathlon champion 2009 Jessica Ennis visited West Nottinghamshire College last week (18 November).

Jessica, who has emerged as ‘the face of 2012’, met with 100 students who hosted a sporting ‘Question Time’.  Learners asked Jessica about her sporting success as well as discussed the forthcoming 2012 Olympics and the values which students are supporting – friendship, respect and excellence.

The 24-year-old double world champion from Sheffield unveiled an Olympic values plaque that the college has secured through the Get Set network – the official London 2012 education programme for schools, colleges and education providers across the UK.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) awarded the college a plaque and certificate to acknowledge its involvement in the London 2012 education programme.  It now joins schools and colleges across the UK as a member of the special London 2012 community – the Get Set network - and will receive access to exclusive competitions and 2012 Games-related opportunities over the coming years.

The college’s sport co-ordinator, Rachael Evans, said: “It was a real privilege to have Jessica visit the college.  Our students were very impressed with Jessica's amazing sporting achievements and they asked her many things about her sporting success.  Many learners were delighted to have their photograph taken with her and got her autograph.

“To have someone as inspirational and motivational as Jessica come to meet our students was a great way to kick off our discussions about how we’re going to be celebrating the forthcoming Olympic Games.”