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Dame
Jessica Ennis-Hill
DBE
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Jessica Ennis-Hill during World Championships Athletics in Berlin 2009
Personal information
Birth name Jessica Ennis
Born 28 January 1986 (1986-01-28) (age 33)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Spouse(s)
Andy Hill (m. 2013)
Sport
Country England
Club City of Sheffield Athletic Club
Turned pro 2005
Achievements and titles
World finals 2007 - 4th
2009 - 1st
2011 - 2nd
Olympic finals 2012 - 1st
Highest world ranking Heptathlon: 1 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Personal best(s)

Heptathlon 6,955 points

Pentathlon 4,965 points
Updated on 18 September 2012.

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE (born 28 January 1986) is a retired British track and field athlete from England, specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 metres hurdles. As a competitor in heptathlon, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2015), and the 2010 European champion. She is also the 2010 world indoor pentathlon champion.

A member of the City of Sheffield & Dearne athletic club, she is the current British national record holder for the heptathlon. She is a former British record holder in the 100 metres hurdles, the high jump and the indoor pentathlon. Ennis was made an Member of the British Empire in 2011. She was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2013.

Early life

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Jess Ennis-Hill - Yorkshire Track and Field Championships long jump 2010

Born in Sheffield on 28 January 1986, Ennis-Hill is one of two daughters of Vinnie Ennis and Alison Powell. She has a younger sister, Carmel. Her father is a Jamaican self-employed painter and decorator, while her English mother is a social worker from Derbyshire. Her father did some sprinting at school, whilst her mother favoured the high jump.

They introduced her to athletics by taking her to a Start:Track event at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium during the 1996 school summer holidays. She won her first athletics prize there, which was a pair of trainers. More importantly, it was there that she met Toni Minichiello, the man who was to become her coach.

Ennis-Hill took to the sport immediately and joined the City of Sheffield and Dearne Athletic Club the following year, aged 11. In November 2000, aged 14, she won the Sheffield Federation for School Sports Whitham Award for the best performance by a Sheffield athlete at the National Schools Championships, where she won the high jump competition.

Growing up in the Highfield area of Sheffield, Ennis attended Sharrow Primary School and King Ecgbert School in Dore, where she did her GCSEs and stayed on in the sixth form to gain three A-Levels, before going on to study psychology at the University of Sheffield and graduating in 2007.

Early career

Ennis took part in athletics from a young age. She competed in the high jump and pentathlon at the English Schools AAA Junior Girls in 1999, then won the AAA Girls title in the high jump the following year at the age of fourteen. In 2001, she was runner-up at the high jump and heptathlon events in the English Schools AAA Intermediate section and won the high jump in 2002. Ennis established herself as one of Britain's top junior athletes at the AAA U20 Championships in 2003 as she took the indoor pentathlon title and outdoor 100 m hurdles title.

Ennis competed at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada in July, where after leading at the end of the first day she finished in fifth position with 5,311 points.

The following year Ennis competed in the 2004 World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, where she finished eighth with 5,542 points, again after leading at the end of the first day.

Ennis won two silver medals, in the 100 m hurdles and the high jump, at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo, Australia, held in November and December 2004, and won the heptathlon at the July 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania, with a British junior record score of 5,891 points.

Ennis's first senior international competition was the 2005 Universiade, held in August in İzmir, Turkey, where she won a bronze medal in the heptathlon with a new personal best of 5,910 points.

One of Ennis's first victories as a senior came in February 2004, when she was eighteen years old. She won the 60 m hurdles at the Northern Senior Indoor Championships. Two weeks earlier she had won three Northern Junior Indoor Championship titles: the 60 m sprint, the 60 m hurdles and the high jump. Also in February Ennis finished third in the 60 m hurdles at the AAA Indoor Championships in Sheffield.

At the July 2005 AAA Championships Ennis competed in the 100 m hurdles, in which she recorded a personal best, and the high jump.

Post-retirement

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Wax sculpture of Jessica Ennis-Hill in Madame Tussauds Museum in London

Ennis-Hill was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to athletics.

Ahead of the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London, Ennis-Hill filmed a special programme for the BBC, entitled 'Jessica Ennis-Hill and the Next Generation', in which she met some of the rising stars of British athletics. She was also a guest analyst on the BBC's coverage for the first three days of the event.

Personal life

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Jessica Ennis-Hill - London 2013

Ennis lives in Sheffield. She married Andy Hill in Derbyshire in May 2013 and said she would be known as Jessica Ennis-Hill.

On 10 January 2014, she announced she would be unable to compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games because she was pregnant with her first child. She gave birth to her son Reggie in July 2014. On 16 March 2017, Ennis-Hill announced she was pregnant for a second time. She gave birth to her daughter Olivia on 23 September 2017.

She is a fan of Sheffield United, which named one stand of the Bramall Lane stadium in her honour in 2012, but renamed it after a sponsor three years later.

Ennis-Hill is an ambassador for the Jaguar Academy of Sport and a patron of both the Sheffield Children's Hospital charity and Barrie Wells' sports foundation. She is a columnist for The Times newspaper and advertises Aviva, Powerade, BP, Adidas, Omega watches, Olay Essentials, and Santander UK.

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