Dame Jess Ennis-Hill on leaving her sport on a high


She is a world-class sports star with two Olympic medals to her name and an enviable set of abs to boot. So it may come as a surprise that two years after retiring Dame Jess Ennis-Hill doesn’t miss being an athlete.

“Being an athlete you’re constantly under pressure to perform and have got to meet goals all the time,”

“I’ve been doing bits of commentary with the BBC and sometimes for a second I think it would be nice to compete again. But then I remember all the training, the injuries, the stress and I don’t miss that. I don’t feel like I need to compete again.”

Jess soared to fame as the poster girl for the London 2012 Olympics, where she won a gold medal in the heptathlon. But Jess, who first got into athletics when she was nine, admits she took up the sport quite by accident.

“My mum and dad took me to a summer camp in the holidays at our local track. I think they just wanted to get rid of me and my younger sister Carmel for a couple of weeks”

Phil Parkin