7 October 2015

A world champion mountain biker has been chosen to join Sheffield’s prestigious ‘walk of fame’ this year and 20 local heroes have been nominated to gain the new Civic Awards.

Steve Peat was selected to become the latest Sheffield Legend and will join the likes of Joe Cocker, Sean Bean, Michael Palin and Jessica Ennis-Hill on the city’s ‘Hollywood Boulevard-style’ attraction outside the Town Hall later this month.

Peat was born in 1974 and grew up in Chapeltown, north Sheffield. Nicknamed ‘Sheffield Steel’, or more commonly just plain ‘Peaty’, he is a professional downhill mountain biker.

Prior to his career as a downhill cyclist Peat was employed as a plumber. He is now married to Adele Croxon and has two sons, Jake and George Peat.

Steve was delighted to be selected to become a Sheffield Legend. He said: ”It is a huge honour to be selected by the people of Sheffield to join some of my heroes on Sheffield’s ‘walk of fame’. It is always great to be acknowledged by the people from my home town, as I have always been proud to represent Sheffield and this country wherever I’ve competed around the world.”

Peat began his career with little success riding for the Saracen team alongside Rob Warner, before moving in the mid-90s to Team MBUK. He rode for GT Bicycles in the late 90s and for the Orange team between 2002 and 2005, winning the Fort William downhill world cup round in 2005. He then joined the Santa Cruz Syndicate team for the 2006 season, which saw him finish first overall, and has continued with it since.

Peat’s successes include second places in the Mountain Bike World Championships in 2000, 2001, 2002 and again in 2008 and becoming World Cup champion in 2002, 2004 and 2006. In 2009, at the UCI World Cup in Vallnord, Peat became the most successful male downhill mountain bike racer ever by number of wins – a title he held for over six years.

He has also won the Lisboa Downhill, held in Lisbon, Portugal, eight times. In September 2009 Peat won the World Championships in Canberra for the first time in his career.

Aside from his professional riding career, Peat has other involvements with the sport, including contributing to the design and manufacture of specialist riding clothing made by Royal Racing of which he is part owner. Peat is also involved with young cyclist academies and is a strong supporter of youth involvement in the sport.

Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Talib Hussain added: “There were many worthy nominations to be the next Sheffield Legend, but the Selection Board drawn from representatives from various sectors across the city chose Steve Peat.

“Steve has proudly represented Sheffield around the world and his success has certainly enhanced the city’s reputation as The Outdoor City in the UK.”

The unveiling ceremony for Steve Peat will take place on Wednesday 28 October at 12.30pm outside Sheffield’s Town Hall.

More information about the Sheffield Legends can be found at www.sheffield.gov.uk//legends.

Twenty local people are to be recognised for their valuable contribution to the community covering a wide range of activities. These range from dedicated charity fund-raisers to enthusiastic volunteers working to support young people and community cohesion in the city.

Recipients of the award will include a woman who has fostered more than 250 children over a 20 year period and two women who have worked as Street Pastors supporting the homeless. Another award-winner has worked with highly deprived families, asylum seekers and refugees in the city for over 25 years. The recipients also include the tireless fundraiser John Burkhill, who has worked so hard for Macmillan Cancer Support over many years.

Sheffield City Council re-launched the Lord Mayor’s Civic Awards scheme to thank local people who work in the community to improve the lives of others in Sheffield.

Councillor Talib Hussain, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield said: “It’s great to be able to recognise the hard work that these people have carried out in Sheffield – often without any thanks or acknowledgement, but because they cared about their fellow citizens. This is a small token to say thank you for their contribution to the city over many years.”

Nominations were invited from the public during the summer and the Council received a huge number of nominations from all parts of the city.

The Lord Mayor added: “I was aware of some of the excellent work carried out in the community, but there are many volunteers whose work goes unnoticed by the majority of local people. I am looking forward to meeting them and saying a heartfelt thank you on behalf of the people of Sheffield.”

This year’s nominees include Ted Jenkins, a local hero who sadly passed away after the nominations closed. But members of his family have been invited to receive the Civic Awards on his behalf from the Lord Mayor.

The ceremony is due to be held in the Town Hall next month.

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Notes for editors:

The full list of Civic Award winners is:

Kevin Bradley – 25 years serving homeless and vulnerable people, including at St Wilfrid’s Centre.
Storm Burgess – charity fund-raiser for animal charities.
John Burkhill – charity fund-raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support for 28 years.
Daniel Evans – helped to put city on international theatre map.
Glenda Giblin – play activities volunteer in Burngreave.
Pete Giblin – play activities volunteer in Burngreave.
Alan Hancock – working with young people to champion integration and community cohesion.
Irene Hancock – fostered over 250 children over 20 year period.
Joan Harding – active community worker around Beighton for 40 years.
Diane Johnson – play activities volunteer in Burngreave.
Ted Jenkins – youth worker at Herdings Community Centre (died August 2015 after nominations received, but his family will be invited to receive the award).
Nelson Kaggwa – community worker for over 25 years and organizer of UK Kidz.
Yanina Koszalinski – play activities volunteer in Burngreave and Manor Estate.
Rev Bruce Lloyd – work with young and elderly people for 35 years and at St Wilfred’s Centre.
Uriah Rennie – contributions to inclusive sport and many projects in Sheffield for over 20 years.
Robert Strafford – active with various projects for young people over the last 14 years.
Bobbie Walker – working with the homeless for 27 years and more recently with Street Pastors.
Tricia Watts – set up and co-ordinated Sheffield Street Pastors since 2009.
Ron Wiltshire – charity fund-raiser for the British Legion.
Adam Yusuf – community worker particularly with the Somali community for 20 years.

This is the current list of Sheffield Legends:

Gordon Banks – England’s World Cup winning goalkeeper.
Sean Bean – internationally-renown actor.
Jarvis Cocker – iconic lead singer with Pulp and radio presenter
Joe Cocker – internationally famous musician.
Sebastian Coe – Olympic medal winner and Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Derek Dooley – Sheffield footballing legend with both United and Wednesday.
Dame Margaret Drabble – internationally respected novelist and critic.
Jessica Ennis – Olympic Champion heptathlete.
Professor Barry Hancock – leading cancer treatment specialist.
Brendan Ingle – trainer to world champion boxers.
Def Leppard – top-selling rock band.
Nick Matthew – World squash champion.
David Mellor – internationally-acclaimed designer.
Michael Palin – famous film and television personality.
Joe Scarborough – unique Sheffield artist.
Helen Sharman – first British astronaut.
Joe Simpson – one of the world’s premier rock climbers.
Michael Vaughan – Yorkshire and England cricket captain.
Clinton Woods – World Champion boxer.