Jessica Ennis-Hill – Rewire Hero of the Week

“I always believed. And when you do that, life can get unbelievable.”

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill was born on 28th January 1986. With both her parents competing in youth athletics, she was destined to be introduced to the sport. She took to the sport straight away and joined her local athletics club aged 11. At 13, she was introduced to Toni Micheillo, who would go on to coach her through her career. 

Ennis-Hill had a highly successful junior career, establishing herself as one of Britain’s top up and coming athletes, taking the indoor pentathlon and outdoor 100m hurdles title at the 2003 AAA U20 Championships, and taking part in World, European and Commonwealth Youth Games.

Leading up the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Ennis-Hill had an injury that threatened her whole career. She broke bones in her right foot, forcing her out of the Olympics that year. However, with determination, she was able to return the next year to win gold in the heptathlon at the World Championships. Over the next few years she won two more World Titles and another European title, but what Ennis-Hill will be best remembered for is her gold at her home Olympics in London 2012.

In 2013, Ennis-Hill married, and a year later gave birth to a baby boy – Reggie. Just 15 months later Ennis-Hill was back at full fitness and competing for more titles, winning the heptathlon world title in Beijing. Then at Rio 2016, Ennis-Hill achieved a silver medal, finishing her career in the perfect way! Ennis-Hill has equalled Carolina Klüft’s record for World Championships won (3) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s record for Global Multievent Titles (5).

Jessica Ennis-Hill shows us that with determination anything is possible. In recognition of what she has achieved the Queen awarded Jessica a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2017 for services to athletics. Jessica Ennis-Hill is our Rewire Hero of the Week.

“The only one who can tell you “you can’t win” is you and you don’t have to listen.”

Jessica Ennis-Hill


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