UKA Aviva Athlete Profile: Jessica Ennis

Meet the UK's hottest athletics talent in our series profiling the summer's sporting stars (in association with UKA)

Posted: 17 June 2010

Photo by Mark Shearman

Jessica Ennis, Heptathlete

Age: 24 (born January 28, 1986)

Place of birth: Sheffield


Heptathlon World Champion (2009)

Indoor Pentathlon World Champion (2010)

Commonwealth Heptathlon Bronze medallist (2006)

Personal bests:           

Heptathlon 6,731 points

Pentathlon 4,937 points

150m 16.99 secs

100m hurdles 12.81 secs

High jump 1.95 m (British record, jointly held with Diana Davies and Susan Moncrieff)

Shot put 14.25 m

200m 23.15 secs           

Long jump 6.51 m

Javelin 46.47 m

800 metres 2:09.88

This month marks two years since British heptathlete Jess Ennis suffered a disastrous stress fracture in her final competition before the Beijing Olympics. And in those two brief years Ennis has banished her injury and bagged Indoor and Outdoor World Championship titles, making her the first British women to win both world titles - and transforming her from a rising star to fully-fledged athletics VIP.

But Ennis's talent has always been striking, even before her peerless World Championships performance. During her career the diminutive 24-year-old has repeatedly beaten single-event specialists - her 1.91m high jump in the 2006 Commonwealth Games heptathlon would have been enough to take the individual-event gold medal. Standing at 1.65m, Ennis's current high jump personal best (1.95m) makes her one of only ten women who have ever managed the feat of jumping a foot  above their own height. Her 100m hurdles personal best (12.81 seconds) puts her in joint second place on the British all-time list and this year, Ennis has already clocked up a 60m hurdles victory over American world indoor champion Lolo Jones, setting a new British record in the process.

This summer, Jessica will contest the high jump, long jump, shot and hurdles at the Aviva European Trials and UK Championships at the Alexander Stadium (June 25-27). As she looks towards the European Championships in Barcelona, where she will be favourite to add to her golden collection, the Birmingham event will be a perfect opportunity to fine-tune her performance.

Jess said: 'I'm really looking forward to Barcelona, it's not long away now so I'm doing final bits of preparation. I'm really looking forward to getting out there and competing.

"The trials and the Aviva British Grand Prix will be my last two competitions before the Europeans so I hope to polish things off at both of those events and really prepare and get ready and be in good shape when I'm out in Barcelona.

And it promises to be a family affair - Jess says, "My parents and grandparents have always been very interested in athletics and supported me and followed me, so they've been a massive part of it, my parents got me into athletics in the first place, so I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing if it wasn't for them.

"They love the trials so I always have good support there. I know my grandparents will definitely be there and I'm hoping my mum and dad will be there too.

Ennis is currently Britain's number one hurdler and high jumper and also set new personal bests in the shot and long jump earlier this year in New York.

"I think after winning in Berlin people expect you to go to every championship and win the gold medal, but I don't get too wrapped up in what people expect me to do and just get on with it."

She may only be 5'5" but Ennis's shoulders so far seem broad enough to withstand the growing weight of expectation that comes with her talent.

See Jess in action at the Aviva European Trials and UK Championships (June 25-27).

The Birmingham trials are the first stop in a summer of awe-inspiring athletics hosted by UKA, featuring some of the world's top athletes.

Last summer’s UKA action saw Usain Bolt dominate in Crystal Palace and Phillips Idowu and Jessica Ennis translate Birmingham success into global gold.

This year, the glamour of the IAAF Diamond League is coming to Gateshead. The world’s finest athletes will line up in Gateshead for the UK’s first Diamond League fixture, a thrilling showdown just two weeks before the European Championships.

Buy tickets for this summer's UKA Major Events online or by calling freephone 08000 55 60 56.

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Discuss this article the risk of sounding rather 'blokey' - phwoah.

Jess really is a fab afterlete, and rather yummy too!

Posted: 23/06/2010 at 16:45


 One of several highlights at the grand Prix in Gateshead

Posted: 23/06/2010 at 17:08

I wish young women would choose someone like Jess as a role model rather than these famous and aimless girls you see in magazines
Posted: 24/06/2010 at 15:03

agree agree agree
Posted: 24/06/2010 at 22:03

A very fine woman indeed.  I'm hoping she'll see my avatar and contact me directly.
Posted: 24/06/2010 at 22:06

Great athlete and an example to the kids.
Posted: 25/06/2010 at 13:15

Yum yum bum bum. Great athlete.
Posted: 25/06/2010 at 14:06

Julie Wear wrote (see)
I wish young women would choose someone like Jess as a role model rather than these famous and aimless girls you see in magazines

i agree - however, the term 'famous' is what so many people want to be......famous for what though?
Posted: 29/06/2010 at 12:37

TBH she doesn't do it for me.  I don't really go for girls with better abs than mine
Posted: 29/06/2010 at 13:18

Precisley my point! Famous and aimless
Posted: 20/07/2010 at 10:12

Jess Ennis is my idol! & means the world to me i hope to one day be as good as her
Posted: 16/10/2010 at 18:20

Agreed, well said Nick L
Posted: 03/11/2010 at 16:01

I've just used her as a role model to the year 10 kids in my class.. Quality woman and athlete.


Posted: 09/02/2012 at 13:54

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 14:08

Julie Wear wrote (see)
I wish young women would choose someone like Jess as a role model rather than these famous and aimless girls you see in magazines

My niece turned around and said that "when she grows up she wants to be like Jessica Ennis". When I asked her why she said "because she can switch her sports as often as she wants. My mummy makes me stick with gymnastics".

Personally I agree think that Jessica is a fantastic athlete but role model

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 14:32

Jess is MissB athletic heroine.
Posted: 28/04/2012 at 07:57

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