Rename Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium after Jessica Ennis suggests former sports minister Richard Caborn


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Jessica Ennis' Olympic feat should be recognised by having Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium renamed after her, former sports minister Richard Caborn has claimed.

Heptathlon champion Ennis uses the stadium as a training venue and Caborn, an ex-Sheffield MP, said renaming the stadium after her would help inspire young people to take up sport.

He said: "I am calling for the Don Valley Stadium to be renamed the Jessica Ennis Stadium by the local authority as she has spent so much time there, and it would help encourage young people into sport if they link the stadium with such a recognisable figure."

Caborn also wants Yorkshire's contribution to the Games to be recognised by the British Olympic Association with at least 10 medallists coming from the region.

He added: "I will contact the BOA and ask them for some official recognition of Yorkshire's significant contribution to the British medal success and for the BOA to be supportive of some type of celebration."