ABOUT JESS

Jessica was born on the 28th January 1986 to parents Vinnie and Alison. She has a younger sister called Carmel.

Jessica grew up in Sheffield, England where she attended Sharrow Primary School before moving onto King Ecgbert Secondary School.

At a young age Jessica and her sister were introduced to athletics. In the school holidays they would attend local athletics camps. At the age of 13 Jessica had her first coaching session with Toni Minichiello. Shortly after she joined the City of Sheffield AC who she represented until retirement. Since 2000, Jessica’s progression through the junior and youth competitions showed that she was a talent for the future.

It was whilst attending secondary school that she also met her future husband Andy Hill. Jessica continued her studies as she trained and competed before receiving a degree in Psychology from The University of Sheffield.

Since University Jessica has been a full time athlete. After winning a bronze medal in the 2005 Commonwealths Games, she improved her scores and won Gold at the 2009 World championships. Jessica’s defining moment came at the London 2012 Olympics, where she cemented herself into the history books as Olympic Heptathlon Champion.

After becoming a mum in 2014 Jessica returned to athletics a year later. She competed at the World Championships in 2015, winning Gold. Several months later she competed in Rio, Brazil, achieving Silver at the 2016 Olympics.

In October 2016 Jessica announced her retirement from athletics.

Jessica lives in Sheffield with her husband Andy, their children Reggie and Olivia, and chocolate labrador Myla.

Jessica Ennis-Hill | Retirement statement