Jessica Ennis-Hill is one of the most recognisable and well known female sports personality in the United Kingdom having won Olympic Gold at the London 2012 Games and Silver in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games.
It hasn’t always been easy for Jessica. She was forced to withdraw from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing having developed a stress fracture in her right foot. As the reigning European champion and in the form of her life this was a very difficult period. She took 12 months off recovering fully, and even changed her take off foot for the high jump. In Berlin in 2009 she won the World Championships with a stunning personal best points tally.
Despite her recent brush with success, Jessica has kept her humility intact. Of course, she’s enjoyed many perks including rubbing elbows with famous people and appearing on the cover of various magazines. In her post 2012 Games memoir entitled ‘Unbelievable’ Jessica details how she fought bullying at school and aims to live a normal life despite her celebrity status. Jess discusses how her drive and determination brought her to where she is right now: at the very helm of the sports arena where she takes her permanent place in sports history. The celebrated athlete, Jessica lends inspiration to many young hopefuls in the field of sports.
Jessica was selected as EAA “European Female Athlete of the Year” in 2012. Lord Sebastian Coe collected the award on her behalf as she was unable to attend the ceremony in Malta due to training commitments. She was voted “British Olympic Athlete of the Year” in a public poll run by UK Athletics.
She was runner up at the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards losing only to Bradley Wiggins, winner of cycling’s Tour de France and Olympic road race. Jessica was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List for services to athletics.
"Jessica Ennis-Hill is a brilliant champion and one of the most high profile athletes celebrated by both sporting and non sporting media. She is a very natural, confident and articulate speaker.