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Welcome to our turf

Grassclippings - Welcome to our TurfCompeting on new soil is already daunting for athletes, but just to make sure our competitors know the home country has the advantage a giant painting of British World Champion Jessica Ennis has been created next to the flight path at Heathrow airport.

From today millions of passengers flying into the airport will be able to see the giant image of the 2012 heptathlon hopeful alongside the words 'Welcome to our turf.'  It is located in Thornbury Playing Fields in Hounslow, west London, about three miles from Heathrow.

It took over 600 litres of red, white and blue paint and took workers two days to complete the artwork on the grass.  It stars World and European heptathlon gold medalist Jessica Ennis. sporting the Great Britain kit designed by Stella McCartney.  Measuring 53 by 75 metres (173ft x 246ft) the image is bigger than 15 tennis courts.

Jessica Ennis, said: 'I'm thrilled to be the first face that people will see arriving into the UK for the London 2012 Games.  'I hope it brings excitement to homecoming Brits, and reminds international athletes that we’re ready and prepared!'

British Airways sponsorship manager, Luisa Fernandez, said: 'Whether you’re a Brit coming home, or an athlete arriving in for the London 2012 Games, this celebratory message reminds us all of the power of the home crowd and how important it is to get behind Team GB and ParalympicsGB.'

Jessica continued her preparations for this summer's Olympics with victory in the long jump at the Bedford International Games on Sunday.  The European heptathlon champion jumped 6.40 metres to take the triumph just ahead of Dominique Blaize (6.39m).

Ennis recently confirmed she will be competing in four events during the Olympic trials in Birmingham next month, taking part in the100 metre hurdles and high jump on Saturday, June 23 and in the long jump and 200m the following day.





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