Jessica Ennis-Hill has been nominated for the World Comeback of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards, after she won gold for her heptathlon performance at the Beijing World Championships last year. Ennis-Hill had given birth to her son Reggie just 13 months previously.
'I feel very honoured to be nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year award – 2015 for me was very special. To come back from having my son and win a gold medal at the World Championships in Beijing exceeded all my expectations,' says Ennis-Hill. 'It was probably the toughest year of training I have had with so many injuries and physical changes to deal with along the way. My coach and medical team did an amazing job in getting me ready to tackle the heptathlon 13 months after Reggie was born – I still find it hard to believe I won. I would like to thank the world’s media for nominating me.'
UK athletes have received five other nominations, including mountain biker Rachel Atherton and swimmer Adam Peaty. Other athletes with nominations include Usain Bolt (World Sportsman of the Year), Genzebe Dibaba (World Sportswoman of the Year) and Kenyan David Rudisha, who is up against Ennis-Hill for the World Comeback of the Year award.