A retired British track field athlete, Jessica Ennis-Hill is addressed as Britain’s most valuable female Olympian. She began her career at the very early age but started playing internationally since 2003 and won her first world championship title in 2009. Apart from being a good player, she is also a good mother and a wife.
Early Life and Education
Jessica Ennis-Hill was born as Dame Jessica Ennis on 28th January 1986 in Sheffield, Yorkshire with the birth sign Aquarius. She is British and belongs to Mixed descent. She was raised by her parents Vinnie Ennis (Jamaican self-employed decorator and a painter) and Alison Powell (British social worker) along with her younger sister, Carmel.
Regarding her academics, she attended Sharrow Primary School and King Ecgbert School in Dore where she earned General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). After that, she graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Sheffield.
Ennis-Hill was introduced to athletics by her parents after she was taken to a Start: Track event at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium during her summer holidays. Right there she won her first athletics prize and also got a chance to meet Toni Minichiello who became her coach afterward.
After that, she joined the City of Sheffield and Dearne Athletic Club from where she participated in a high jump competition at Sheffield athlete by National Schools Championships and won Sheffield Federation for School Sports Witham Award for the best performance.
Moreover, she earned special javelin coaching from World Champion bronze medalist and European Champion silver medalist Mick Hill. In 1999, she competed in the high jump at the English Schools AAA Junior Girls where she won the game.
In 2002, she again participated in the high jump by English Schools AAA Intermediate section where she became a runner-up. Also, she became successful to establish herself as a top junior athlete at the AAA U20 Championship.
Since 2003, Ennis-Hill began to play internationally for the World Youth Championship held in Canada where she stood 5th. She then participated in 2004 World Junior Championship capturing the 8th position followed by 2005 European Junior Championships winning a gold medal.
After that, she competed in 2007 European Cup where she stood first twice in the same year. During the same year, she also participated in World Championships in Japan placing fourth and in Combined Events Challenge with the second position.
The year 2008 was one of her worst years as she faced a significant stress fracture in her right foot due to which she missed the Olympics and had to take a complete rest in the season. After healing from the injury, she made a comeback in 2009 by winning her first world championship participating in World Championships in the heptathlon.
In the same year, she gained her second world title of World Indoor Championship held in Germany. Apart from a world championship, she also won the UK Championships in 100m hurdle and high jump. As of 2010, she again participated in World Indoor Championships, Hypo-Meeting and European Championships where she won all the games.
In 2011, she won the World Championship and Hypo-Meeting securing the first position. The same year, she also won the UK Championships in the high jump but did not succeed in other categories. By 2012, she began to participate in the Olympic Games. She won both the Summer Olympics and Hypo-Meeting but secured second place in the World Indoor Championships.
During the same year, she also won UK Championships in 60m hurdles and high jump in Indoor Trail and Summer Olympics Trial. In that time, she set a British record of 12.54 seconds in the hurdles and made a personal best of 22.83 seconds in the hurdle which helped her to maintain her place.
After that for almost two years, she faced injury and took a break from the games. She was even pregnant at the time so decided to take a leave. Two years after in 2015, she again made a comeback winning another World Championship held in China with a gold medal.
In 2016, Ennis-Hill took part in the Summer Olympics and stood second with silver medal whereas secured first in the Combined Events Challenge. That year she even announced her retirement from the Olympics as was more focused on her motherhood.
As of 2017, she was appointed as DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year Honors for the athletics service. In the same year, she stood second with the silver medal in the world championship.
The gold medalist athlete, Ennis dated Andy Hill after meeting for the first time at the school. The high school sweethearts finally ended their affair and converted it into marriage in 2013 in an intimate ceremony in the Peak District.
The ceremony was attended by almost 100 guests where the bride was looking gorgeous in her sleeveless ivory silk gown with a ruffled skirt and groom was not less than her by wearing a three-piece suit with a pink tie. Hill, her husband, knew how to make his woman happy as he gave gifts in many of the occasions.
Some years after the marriage, the couple announced that they were expecting their first baby due to which she missed her first Olympic games. After that on 17th July 2014, Ennis gave birth to her son and named him Reggie Ennis-Hill which they announced via Twitter.
As of 2017, she again announced her second pregnancy via social media with a caption, ‘’Someone’s going to be a big brother. Another little Ennis-Hill on the way.’’ Some months after the announcement the couple welcomed their second child in September and named her as Olivia Ennis-Hills.
The World Championship winner athlete, Ennis has an estimated net worth of $5.83 million.
Apart from this, she owns a company named, Ennis Limited that has almost $2740000 on its book. As per the report, the company made $16100 per week. Moreover, she is also an ambassador for the Jaguar Academy of Sport and also a columnist for The Times newspaper. Not only this she also appeared in numerous adverts of PowerAde, BP, Adidas, Olay, Aviva, and others.