Nick Matthew has been announced as the next Sheffield Legend to join the city’s prestigious ‘Walk of Fame’ outside the Town Hall, joining the likes of Jessica Ennis, Sean Bean, Michael Palin and Sir Sebastian Coe on the city’s ‘Hollywood Boulevard-style’ attraction outside the Town Hall.
Matthew claimed his maiden British Open title back in 2006 – the first home-grown winner for 67 years, and has since gone on to become a 2 time World Squash Champion and Double Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, amongst many other international competition wins.
Sheffield’s new Lord Mayor and Chair of the Sheffield Legends initiative, Councillor Vickie Priestley said: “Nick will be a fantastic addition to the city’s ‘walk of fame’. As a double World Champion, amongst countless other title wins, he is an excellent role model for young people and another shining example of the city’s sporting legacy. Nick’s success has helped promote Sheffield’s international reputation for sporting excellence”.
On receiving the news Nick Matthew said: ‘I am delighted to have been nominated as the next Sheffield Legend. Having lived in Sheffield all of my life, I know exactly how prestigious this award is and am honoured to be joining some amazing names on the Walk of Fame outside the Town Hall.
The city has always been incredibly supportive, but I would particularly like to thank the people involved at Hallamshire Squash Club, the English Institute of Sport and my old school, High Storrs, for all of their help over the years. I feel proud to represent our fabulous city when I play in squash events all over the world ‘.
Launched in 2004, the Sheffield Legends are nominated by local people and chosen by an independent Selection Board representing various sectors within the city – the arts, sport, education, media and business – which is chaired by the Lord Mayor.
Nick’s plaque of honour will be unveiled at an official ceremony later in the summer, with an exact date due to be announced in the next couple of weeks. For more information about Sheffield Legends visit www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/
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