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Dame Jess Ennis-Hill the first inductee into BUCS Hall of Fame 18/02/2019

Olympic gold medallist Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill has been honoured as the first athlete to be inducted into the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Hall of Fame.

Ennis-Hill, a three-time heptathlon world champion and Olympic Gold Medallist, developed her athletics career at BUCS events whilst studying psychology at the University of Sheffield from 2004-2007.

A member of the City of Sheffield & Dearne Athletic Club, Ennis-Hill’s first senior international competition came at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey, in 2005.

The announcement of Ennis-Hill’s induction was made at a special Centenary Dinner at her former university to mark 100 years of British university sport, in co-ordination with the BUCS Nationals 2019.


“I’m so thankful and so honoured to be inducted into the BUCS Hall of Fame in the Centenary year,” commented Ennis-Hill.

“I have some fantastic memories of university in general but also the World Student Games (Summer Universiade), which was a huge starting point in my career.

“I remember it being the hottest competition in Izmir but I have some fond memories!”

The 33-year-old Sheffield athlete used BUCS competition as a springboard into her full-time career, winning a bronze medal for England at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games while still at university. 

Ennis-Hill went onto compete at multiple major Games, most memorably with her stunning heptathlon gold on ‘Super Saturday’ at the London 2012 Olympics.

She continued: “University sport is fantastic for so many people on so many levels but it gave me so much and I’m very proud to be inducted into the BUCS Hall of Fame.”

The launch of BUCS’ Hall of Fame marks 100 years of British university sport, which began thanks to the formation of the Inter-Varsity Athletics Board of England & Wales in 1919.

The first ever meeting of that board took place in February 1919, consisting of ten universities, with the first ever athletic meet taking place in May of that year in Manchester.

From that point on the sector has grown dramatically over the past 100 years, from just 10 universities competing in one event to over 170 universities competing in over 50 sports.

Nominations for the next inductee to the BUCS Hall of Fame are now open. Criteria and nomination form can be found here

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