Jessica Ennis-Hill

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Jessica Ennis- Hill
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28.01
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Heptathalon Gold Medalist

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Andy Hill: Spouse

Also, a huge thank you to all those people who have supported and followed my career over the years.

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Ennis- Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill, one of the stars of London 2012, took to track and field from a young age and it has truly been worthwhile. Despite having to take a 12-month break from sport due to injury, Ennis returned to win gold in style at the Olympics and is now set to make more than £5 million in sponsorship deals - but where did it all start?

 

Jessica Ennis-Hill was born on 28 January 1986 in Sheffield, England. She was raised by her father Vinnie Ennis, a Jamaican-born self-employed painter and decorator, and her mother Alison Powell who is a social worker.

Her love for track and field sport emerged at a young age when her parents took Jessica and her younger sister Carmel to an event at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. She decided to take it up and immediately drew attention from experts in the field due to her near-perfect hurdling technique, which she had developed by the age of ten years.

She met her future coach Toni Minichiello as a teenager and joined the Sheffield Athletics Club at the age of 11 where she won the National Schools Championship high jump competition at just 14-years-old.

By this time, she had also tried her hand at the heptathlon, which combines the high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin, 100-metre hurdles as well as 200-metre and 800-metre races – an event she would make her own in the future. She continued her training while studying at secondary school and at the University of Sheffield where she graduated with a degree in psychology in 2007. She achieved a 2:2.

She had also established herself as one of Britain's top young athletes and was seen as being one to watch out for at London 2012. Ennis helped cement this reputation in 2003 when she took part in the AAA U20 Championships where she won the indoor pentathlon and outdoor 100-metre hurdles.

In the same year, she began competing on an international scale, starting with the 2003 World Youth Championships in Canada, followed by the 2004 World Junior Championships in Italy and the 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships in Lithuania.

At the age of 18, she took part in her first senior tournament - the Northern Senior Indoor Championships in 2004. Ennis won the 60-metre hurdles. In 2005, she won the European Athletics Junior Championships making her breakthrough in the sporting world.

She also improved the national junior record for the heptathlon to 5,891 points at the aforementioned event. The following year (2006), she took part in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and improved her score to 6,269 points to win the bronze medal. Later that year, she broke her personal best and finished eighth at the European Championships.

Ennis then set another personal best at the European Indoor Championships where she finished in sixth place before doing the same in the outdoor heptathlon three times in 2006.

In 2007, she won the IAAF World Combined Events Challenge in Italy with a total of more than 6,388 points. On her way to victory, she equalled the British high jump record of 1.95 metres. This was made more impressive by the fact that Ennis is only 1.65 metres tall. By the end of the athletic season and at the age of 21, Ennis was the world's fourth best heptahlete.

She then defeated her Team GB teammate Kelly Sotherton at the European Cup in Szczecin, Poland, later that year. Ennis added another 11 points to her personal best. She then took part in the World Championships at Osaka where she finished in fourth place with her lifetime best score of 6,469 points.

Unfortunately, she faced great disappointment in 2008 as she was forced to miss the Olympics in Beijing and sit out the rest of the athletic season due to a stress fracture in her right foot.

However, she bounced back in 2009 and broke her personal best at the first outdoor competition of the year in Italy. She also finished the event with a personal best in the 800m of two minutes and 9.88 seconds. After this competition, she became the third best UK heptathlete of all time behind Denise Lewis and Judy Simpson.

Ennis then went into the 2009 World Championships in Berlin as the favourite and despite the pressure, she delivered the goods and became the heptathlon world champion. The following year she became the indoor pentathlon world champion.

She continued to train hard and to prepare for her first Olympic Games - London 2012. Ennis became the face of the Games and was seen as one of the athletes to watch. Coping with the pressure of having all of Great Britain's hopes pinned on her, she wowed audiences.

Ennis set the British record for the 100m in her first event of her heptathlon. It was the fastest time that a heptathlete had run 100m since 1988. She soon established a solid lead after a 1.86m high jump, a 14.28m shot put and a 200m personal best of 22.83 seconds. Just 36 hours after her first event, she finished the 800m in two minutes and 8.65 seconds to become the Olympic champion.

She won her gold medal on what is known as 'Super Saturday', which saw Team GB win three athletic golds in one night. Ennis became one of the faces most associated with London 2012.

But what next? It is estimated that Ennis will earn more than £5 million in sponsorship deals and she continues to make public appearances helping to inspire the next generation of athletes.

She has also been named the European Athletics Federation's Female Athlete of the Year because she achieved three personal bests in her seven disciplines at the Games. 

Ennis also took some well-deserved time off to plan her wedding to her childhood sweetheart Andy Hill, who proposed on Christmas Eve 2010. They were married in May 2013, after which she adopted the surname Ennis-Hill. Their son, Reggie, was born in 2014. 

More recently, Ennis-Hill won first place at both the 2015 World Championships in Athletics and the 2016 IAAF Combined Events Challenge for the Heptathlon. Ennis-Hill added a Silver medal to her tally at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

On 13th October 2016 Ennis-Hill announced her retirement. In a statement posted on social media, she wrote: "I want to thank my family and incredible team who have spent so much of their time supporting me and enabling me to achieve my dreams,