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Every week we scour the internet for the latest news and views from the world of athletics. Containing updates from Jessica and her sponsors. We hope you'll enjoy our latest news round up. 

03 Apr 2014

As a top level athlete and Olympic champion, Jess travels the world taking part in competitions. This means not only is she competing against the opposition; she can also be battling soaring temperatures and stifling conditions. That’s why adidas invited her to try out their new ClimaChill range, specially designed to regulate body temperature to help athletes stay cool. The adidas #MyGirls zine team went backstage to get Jess’ opinion of the new gear and you can find out what she had to say by visiting their official site.

27 Mar 2014

Olympic Champion Jessica Ennis-Hill hopes to inspire young people at a Sky Sports Living for Sport event in Sheffield. Ennis Hill, a Sky Sports Living for Sport ambassador, will talk to 300 youngsters from 15 secondary schools at the English Institute of Sport. The students won the chance to take part in this special SSLFS event, which is also hosted by former Olympic sprinter Darren Campbell.

The day will focus on building key life skills through a series of sessions and activities run by our SSLFS athlete mentors, supported by young leaders from SSLFS projects and Sheffield/Leeds Sky staff volunteers. Sky Sports Living for Sport is a free initiative for all secondary schools that uses sports stars and skills to improve the lives of young people across Britain and Ireland. One third of British secondary schools are now participating and last year over 55,000 students benefited from the initiative.

"This is the first time we have done anything like this," said Campbell. "Sky Sports Living for Sport now has been going for over five years. I've been an ambassador for that time.

"Jessica Ennis-Hill joined us this year, David Beckham joined us. When Jessica became an ambassador, she decided to do something for her local community and also for young people from across the country.

"She decided to bring 300 people to the EIS in Sheffield and hopefully they are going to have a fun, inspiring, fantastic day."


14 Mar 2014

To the rest of the world she was the face of the London Olympic Games - to her training group she’s just Jess. Unbelievably successful at what she does, but no favour is ever asked or given as she trains alongside the rest of coach Toni Minichiello’s group at the English Institute of Sport, Don Valley Stadium and now Woodbourn Road. And now Jessica Ennis-Hill finds herself in a unique position - no longer at the front of the pack in training runs or lifting increasingly heavy weights that belie her stature.

05 Mar 2014

Jessica Ennis-Hill says she hopes to return to training later this year with a view to participating in next year's World Championships in Beijing.

The reigning Olympic heptathlon champion is expecting a child with husband Andy Hill and will not take part in this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Ennis says she is looking forward to watching the Games in Glasgow from a distance and revealed she is already looking ahead to the next Olympics in Rio.

03 Mar 2014

Tune into Game Changers next Saturday to see a javelin masterclass from Jessica Ennis-Hill.

The London 2012 gold medal-winning heptathlete has already shown us how to master a number of her disciplines but this week she'll be showing you how to throw the javelin further than ever before!

Meanwhile, we'll welcome Natalya Coyle into the studio. Natalya competed at the 2012 Olympics in modern pentathlon.

That's a sport which requires athletes to master five events, including horse riding, swimming and shooting. They also have to be good at fencing - and Natalya will show us her sword skills on the show!

Also on set will be Ebony Rainford-Brent, a World Cup-winning England cricketer, who will be telling us about how you can get involved in the sport.

We'll also see how inline skater Jenna Downing got on when she took some Sky Sports Living for Sport kids to Rampwork Skate Park in Liverpool.

So make sure you tune in at 9am, Sat, Sky Sports 1 HD


26 Feb 2014

A squad of secondary school pupils have won a ‘golden ticket’ in a nationwide competition to spend a day being inspired by London 2012 icon Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Hope Academy from Merseyside is one of 15 schools from across the UK which will take part in the event with the gold medallist heptathlete through Sky Sports Living for Sport.

Hope will send 20 young people to spend the day with Ennis-Hill on the March 27 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield where she trains.

Wales High School from South Yorkshire has also won a ‘golden ticket’ experience. Jessica, currently pregnant with her first child, is to spend a day with all the students thanks to the Sky Sports Living for Sport education initiative.

They will take part in a range of activities with 20 other high profile Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentors – including Olympians, Paralympians and world champions. The initiative delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, which uses sports stars and sports skills to help build young people’s confidence.

More winners to be announced, check back tomorrow for an update!


22 Feb 2014

Jessica Ennis has been voted the most inspirational person in the UK by her peers.

The Inspiration Index is published to coincide with the launch of Starbucks Youth Action which supports young people to carry out a project benefitting their community. 

The research crowd-sourced nominations for inspirational figures from more than 1,000 16-24 year olds, rating them for inspirational qualities and leadership characteristics, such as: integrity, effort, judgement and having a positive impact on society.

It features over 100 public figures from politics, business, sport, the arts and media. Showing respect for their elders - 89% of under 25-year-olds surveyed admire the achievements of the over-40s over those of their own age group.

Among the top 25 role models, more than a third (37%) are women. Ellen DeGeneres, Dame Judi Dench, JK Rowling and Rebecca Adlington all rank highly, with respondents acknowledging their hard work, dedication and genuine approach.

Rebecca Adlington, the only under 25-year-old nominated in the survey said: “It’s exciting to see so many successful women viewed as inspirational to the youth of today.

"It’s also interesting that our younger generation chose these women as role models, above more popular names - it shows how highly they value hard work and genuine personalities. These are all high achieving women who have shown commitment to working hard to reach their goals, whilst continually learning and developing  their trade to build and maintain a career.”

To find out more and to apply for Starbucks Youth Action 2014 please visit 

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