Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Born: 28th January 1986

Birth Place: United Kingdom

Known for: Professional Athlete

Ennis-Hill's achievements earned her the ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2017

In 2017, Ennis- Hill was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)

In the 2012 Olympics Ennis-Hill won a gold medal in the heptathlon competition.

I'm proud of the way I've dealt with setbacks. It's hard when you feel down and you think, 'Why is the world doing this to me?' But you have to pick yourself up again. That's what makes you a better athlete

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Life story

Jessica Ennis- Hill’s (DBE) mother and father were both into sports. Her father was a runner, originally from Jamaica and her mother, from England, enjoyed the high jump. Jessica, of course, inherited that interest in sports. Every summer holiday she would go to a sports camp for athletics. She showed promise from a young age and won many amateur competitions. Her first ever prize was a pair of trainers.


When Jessica was 11 she joined an athletics club and met Toni Minichiello who would coach her throughout her career. When she was 14, she won an award for the best performance after winning a high jump competition. She went on to travel the world competing in her chosen event, the Heptathlon, where you complete seven different sports over two days. 


Jessica did her GCSE’S and A-Levels and then went to the University of Sheffield to study Psychology. When Jessica graduated, she became a full-time athlete.  While training for the Beijing Olympics 2008, she hurt her foot and wasn’t able to take part in the Olympics that year. However, she went on to win a gold medal at the world championships in 2009.  She continued to train for the next Olympics and won a gold medal at the London 2012 Games. 


Jessica stopped competing in 2016. She received an award from the Queen in 2016. Now she encourages people to exercise and live a healthy life.

What was the first prize that Jessica won at an athletics competition? What did Jessica study at University? When did Jessica win her first Olympic gold medal?

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