Sheffielders to look out for in the Olympics

If Yorkshire was an independent state, a country by itself, it would have finished 12th at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Let that sink in. Yorkshire places ahead of the like of current hosts Brazil, Spain and South Africa and we made sure everyone knew what an achievement that was – we’re good like that. This time round, who are the Sheffielders from God’s own to keep an eye on?

Freddie Woodward

Making his Olympic debut at the age of 21, Freddie clinched his spot in Rio as early as the end of February this year on the 3m diving board. Freddie joins Tom Daley and the rest of the diving teams on the boards, 7 of whom 11 competed at London 2012.

The preliminary round on the 3m board begins on Monday 15th August.

Max Litchfield

In case you missed his fantastic swim on Olympic debut yesterday, Max Litchfield was pipped to a medal placing in the final of the Men’s 400m Individual Medley. Max, originally from Pontefract but studying in Sheffield, recorded Personal Bests in both heat and final as an encouraging swim stands him in good stead for future games.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

We’ll keep it brief for our Jess. You know her by now, and you certainly know how good she is competing in the Heptathlon. The double Olympic and World Champion still lives in Sheffield and can often be found training down at Don Valley from time to time.

Watch Jess get her Rio games underway this Friday (12th) with the final race occurring on on the Sunday (14th).

Fun fact: If Jess wins gold she will become only the third mother to keep hold of her title after giving birth.

Ellie Faulkner

This will be Ellie’s second Olympic games after taking to the pool at London 2012 at the tender age of 19. That time out Ellie managed a respectable 22nd place in the 800m Freestyle heats, but unfortunately was unable to progress to the finals.

This year, Ellie will compete in the 200m Freestyle and will hope the shorter distance compliments her pacy starts.

Ellie’s games get underway at 5pm today!

Danny Willett

King of Augusta, as he’s now known by all and sundry, Danny Willett is aiming on becoming the first Gold medalist of Golf as it returns to the Olympics after a 112 year hiatus. With many high profile names staying away from the competition and games due to the Zika virus, Willett has as good a chance as ever to add to this years Masters title in which was surely a more impressive feat.

The golf competition tees off on Thursday at 11:30 on the course which has been attracting plenty of wildlife. We’re also hoping for a Twitter commentary from his brother again!

Bryony Page

25 year old Bryony has already had somewhat of an impressive career. Competing on the Trampoline, Bryony has amassed a series of career titles in her career including 2013, 2014 and 2015 British Champion 2013 World Championships team gold 2014 and 2016 European Championships team gold.

Impressive, right?

Unfortunately, Bryony missed out of London 2012 as injuries and illness struck in the lead up to the games but will be keen to make her mark this time round in Rio.

Watch Bryony bounce into action this Friday (12th).

That’s Sheffield for you then. It’s a busy few days for the Steel City’s representatives, but hopefully is medal laden week – preferably gold in colour and taste. If our Rio 2016 Olympians inspire you, check out our Sport courses here at The Sheffield College today!

 

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