Jessica Ennis-Hill's coach Toni Minichiello has been handed a new role by British Athletics. Minichiello lost his full-time job with British Athletics in a restructure, despite his work with the Olympic heptathlon champion, but has returned to the national body as Athlete Based Support coach.
It is the last chance for Don Valley Stadium. The arena, which has been at the heart of Sheffield’s athletic scene, is on the brink of destruction. Campaigners of the Save Our Stadium group (SOS) has made one final attempt to prevent its demolition by collecting over 5000 signatures to present to the council before the debate on 5 November.
Toni started coaching Jess at the stadium when she was 13. He believes it played a huge role in her development and is essential for producing the next generation of local talent.
“It was crucial for Jess’ progress; even to be able to use the indoor facilities when the weather was bad,” says Toni. “Training can be a real struggle when it’s raining heavy, but at Don Valley we could go indoors and do some technical work and then take it back onto the track.”
The unprecedented level of success of Team GB at London 2012 inspired many to take to the track and dream of Olympic glory themselves. But even our greatest sporting heroes had to start somewhere.
Jessica's parents visited the new Umix Centre in Lowfield near to where Jessica and her sister Carmel were raised. Her mum Alison and Dad Vinnie talk olympics, Don Valley and dogs, with a few nice memories of Jessica's childhood also thrown in.
Jessica Ennis is a brand ambassador for Santander.
Ana Botin, Santander UK's chief executive, said:
‘I am delighted to welcome Jessica to our extraordinary Santander team, to build on the success of our existing partnerships and to form a new alliance for us, in a different sport.’
Jess will become the first female face of the Santander UK brand in its upcoming TV advertising campaign. More info to follow...
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! What a fantastic year 2012 was.
Rio De Janeiro, December 13, 2012 - A glittering collection of the world’s greatest Olympic and Paralympic stars have been nominated for the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s media.
The exceptional performances in London just a few months ago that thrilled the sporting world and produced unforgettable gold medal winning moments have produced Nominations in every category. Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, Missy Franklin, Andy Murray, Michael Phelps, Ye Shiwen, Bradley Wiggins and Serena Williams are among those who received Nominations when the shortlist was announced in Rio de Janeiro today. But they will be challenged by some outstanding performances from non-Olympians, particularly charismatic footballer Lionel Messi, nominated for the fourth straight time, and Sebastian Vettel, winner of a third straight Formula One World Championship.
Olympic gold medal winning heptathlete and Jaguar Academy of Sport Ambassador Jessica Ennis has been named ‘Most Inspirational Sportswoman of the Year’ at the 2012 Jaguar Academy of Sport Awards. The event, hosted by David Walliams and Kirsty Gallacher at The Savoy, celebrated some of the most inspirational British sporting performances over the past year.
Jessica Ennis said: “I’ve had such a great evening and to win this award is fantastic. A lot of hard work went into winning that gold medal and I hope I have inspired people to not only continue in sport but seek new challenges.”
GOLD, SILVER, AND BRONZE
Athletes in the heptathlon must achieve an Olympic qualifying score and must qualify for their nation’s Olympic team. A maximum of three competitors per country may compete in the heptathlon. Points are awarded to each athlete according to her time or distance, not her placement in the field, according to pre-set formulas.
If there is a tie in points after seven events, the victory goes to the competitor who out-scored her rival in more events. If that tiebreaker results in a draw (3-3 with one tie, for example), the victory goes to the heptathlete who scored the most points in any single event.
The medals in London are a thing of beauty too. Design Week wrote about them: These is the slightly concave background – ‘a bowl similar to the design of an amphitheatre’ according to Locog, a grid of lines to symbolise drawing together and outreach, and the River Thames, a symbol of London and interestingly a ‘fluttering baroque ribbon’ says Locog.
The embossed logo meanwhile is ‘a tough crystalline growth’ or ‘an architectural expression’ Locog says.
The Olympic hopes of Sheffield rest on Jessica's shoulders.
And now the heptathlete has received even more backing in her bid for sporting glory with the unveiling of a huge banner bearing her image.
The giant 40ft banner is taking pride of place on the front of John Lewis, in Barker’s Pool, as fans in Jess’s home city eagerly await the start of the 2012 Games.
“Jessica was born in Sheffield, so this banner is a fitting way for the community to show their support and wish her the best of luck,” said James Price, the Sheffield store’s managing director.