2 Time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew Joins Sheffield Legends

He joins 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 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/sheffield-legends

For further information please contact:
Kate Reveley
Communications Executive- Marketing Sheffield
DD: + 44 (0) 114 223 2359


Notes to Editor
About Nick Matthew
Nick Matthew made his breakthrough on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Men’s World Tour in 2006 when, seeded six, he claimed his maiden British Open title to become the first home-grown winner of the world’s most prestigious event for 67 years.

In 2009, Matthew went on to reclaim the world-famous trophy and the triumph brought to a notable climax a twelve-month period in which the England No.1 battled back to top form after undergoing career-threatening shoulder surgery in January 2008.

Title triumphs in four successive 2010 events, the Swedish Open, North American Open, Canary Wharf Classic and Sky Open, led to Matthew topping the world rankings for the first time in June to become the first English World No.1 for six years and was followed by success in the Australian Open of the same year.

Boosted by Gold Medals in the Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Matthew went on to finish the year on a high, winning the World Open for the first time in Saudi Arabia and becoming the first Englishman to do so. Closing out the year by winning the PSA Masters, again in Delhi, ensured that Matthew was crowned 2010 PSA Player of the Year.

Matthew has maintained his status within the sports peloton with subsequent career highlights including successfully defending his World Open title in 2011 and winning a record fifth British Nationals title and third British Open crown.

Visit: www.nickmatthew.co.uk

About Sheffield Legends
Sheffield Legends was first introduced by Sheffield City Council in 2005 to acknowledge specific individuals from Sheffield, who have contributed to the profile of the City in their own unique way.

Sheffield Legends are honored with a plaque on the ‘Walk of Fame’ which is located on the paving outside Sheffield Town Hall. Much like the Hollywood version, the plaques bear each famous person’s name and credits why they are famous. 

From 2013 onwards, Marketing Sheffield will head up the promotion of the Sheffield Legends campaign on behalf of Sheffield City Council.

Legends are nominated by the public once a year. All nominations are then considered by an independent Selection Board representing various sectors from across the city, including arts, sport, education, media and business.

Successful nominees for this prestigious accolade need to be living, have a strong affiliation with Sheffield (having been born in the city or lived there for many years) and need to have achieved either national or international acclaim

Visit: www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/sheffield-legends

About Marketing Sheffield
Born out of the Marketing Team in Creative Sheffield and the former Yorkshire South Tourism team, Marketing Sheffield is the official promotional arm for Sheffield.

Marketing Sheffield works in partnership with the private sector to drive the city's reputation and visitor economy, attracting major events, conferences and maximising economic impact.

Marketing Sheffield is also responsible for the Sheffield Convention Bureau, Welcome to Sheffield Website and Tourist Information Centre.

Marketing Sheffield's strategic approach works on a model of three key areas: Trade, Talent and Tourism.

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Nick Matthew, represented by internationalSPORTgroup, has been announced as the next Sheffield Legend to join the city’s prestigious ‘Walk of Fame’ outside the Town Hall.