Jessica Ennis-Hill Biography
Jessica Ennis-Hill, CBE was born on 28 January 1986 in Sheffield. Although she became a household name simply as Jessica Ennis, the British track and field star married Andy Hill on 18 May 2013 and stated that should would be known afterwards as Mrs Jessica Ennis Hill.
Although involved in athletics in 1996 when she went to a ‘Start:Track’ event at Sheffield United’s Stadium during the school Summer holidays with her father. Although only ten years old she won her first athletics prize, a pair of trainers, even though she later joked that her parents only wanted her to go in order to get her out of the house. The biggest thing to happen at that event though was that she met her future coach, Tony Minichello. She was immediately hooked on athletics and joined the City of Sheffield Athletic Club at the age of eleven.
The future was bright for Ennis and under Tony Minichello’s watchful gaze she went from strength to strength. Winning a number of events and championships all over the World. In 2006, she won a bronze medal whilst competing for England at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, with a personal best score of 6269 points in the heptahlon. Her high jump clearance of 1.91 metres would have been enough to win gold in the individual event had she entered it. The event was won by Kelly Sotherton but it was obvious to many that a new star had been born.
After finishing second overall at the 2007 World Championships, the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China would have been next but she was unable to compete due to injury.
After twelve months out, Ennis returned to competition at the World Combined Events Challenge in Desenzano del Garda in May of 2009 where she set a new personal best of 6587 points, winning the event in the process.
In August the same year Ennis won gold at the World Championships in Berlin with another personal best points total. Later that year, other awards started to land at Ennis’ feet. After Sheffield City honoured her achievements at the World Championships, she was chosen as ‘Athlete of the Year’ by the British Athletics Writer’s Association and ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ by the Sports Journalists’ Association. She also came third in that year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Things continued to get better for Ennis in 2010. She captained the GB & NI team that won the Aviva International Match in Glasgow and she shocked everyone by winning the 60 metres hurdles in a new British record time of 7.95 seconds. She became World Indoor Champion for the Pentathlon with new British, Commonwealth and Championship records, beating Beijing medal winners in the process. She won heptathlon gold at the 2010 European Championships.
The writing was on the wall and Ennis became the poster girl for British Athletics leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London where she won gold in the heptathlon with a British and Commonwealth record score of 6955 points.
In January of 2014, Jessica Ennis-Hill announced she would not be able to compete at the commonwealth games as she was pregnant with her first child. Her son Reggie was born on 17 July 2014.
Now back in training, Jessica spends what other personal time she has left being a supporter of Sheffield United football club who named one of the stands at the Bramall Lane Stadium in her honour. She is also an ambassador for the Jaguar Academy of Sport and she is patron of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and the Barrie Wells Sports Foundation.
And it goes without saying that we think Jessica Ennis-Hill is an absolute peach!
|Jessica Ennis-Hill at a Glance|
|Date of Birth:||January 28, 1986||Build:||Athletic|
|Place of Birth:||Sheffield, England||Height:||5′ 5" (165cm)|
|Website:||jessicaennis.net||Hair Colour:||Dark Brown|
|Measurements:||36-25-36 (91-64-91 cm)|
|Dress Size:||8 (US) 38 (EU) 10 (UK)|
|Shoe Size:||9 (US) 40 (EU) 7 (UK)|