Jessica Ennis is an English Athlete from the City of Sheffield in South Yorkshire.
Jessica was born on 28 January 1986 is one of two daughters of Vinnie Ennis and Alison Powell and has a younger sister named Carmel. Jessica is of mixed parentage, her father Vinnie was originally from Jamaica and her mother was a social worker from Derbyshire.
Ennis went to School at Sharrow Primary School and King Ecgbert School in Dore. Which is on the outskirts of the Sheffield. Jessica stayed at school enrolling in the 6th Form. There she took her GCSEs gaining three A-Levels, before going on to study psychology at the University of Sheffield and graduating in 2007.
Her Parents introduced her to athletics by taking her to a ‘Start:Track’ event at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium during the 1996 school summer holidays. Jessica Joked that she thought “I think my mum and dad wanted me out of the house!”. This is where Jessica won her first athletics prize – a pair of trainers.
More significantly, it was where she met the man who was to become her coach, Toni Minichiello. Jessica proved to be a natural at sport and joined the “City of Sheffield Athletic Club” the following year, aged eleven. By November of 2000, aged just fourteen, she won the Sheffield Federation for School Sports Whitham Award for the best performance by a Sheffield athlete at the National Schools Championships, where she won the high jump competition.
Jessica is a patron of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity and also of the “Barrie Wells’s sports foundation”. She is also an Ambassador for the Jaguar Academy of Sport. The Times Newspaper asked her to write a column for them.
During the 2012 London Olympic Games Ennis was referred to as the “Face of the games“, her image appeared on all kinds of promotional advertising for the games, particularly notable was the advertising for the British Olympic Kit.
Her looks and physique mean that she is in high demand from corporate sponsors too. Jessica has appeared in advertising campaigns for Aviva, Powerade, BP, Adidas, Omega watches and Olay ‘Essentials’, and was featured on the cover of the August 2012 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.
London Olympics 2012
In August 2012 Jessica Ennis won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Beating silver medallist Lilli Schwarzkopf by 306 points. Her first-day score included two personal bests: 12.54 seconds in the 100 metres hurdles and 22.83 seconds in the 200 metres. The time she set in the 100 metres hurdles was a new British record and the fastest time ever run in a heptathlon. Ennis achieved another personal best of 47.49 metres in the javelin and won the final event, the 800 metres, in a time of 2:08.65.
The Royal Mail decided to honour Ennis, along with other British 2012 Olympic gold medal winners by featuring them on a special Royal Mail commemorative postage stamp.The royal mail also had a post box on the corner of Division Street and Holly Street in Sheffield city centre painted gold in her honour. Jessica’s efforts and triumphs mean she joins the many other Black British Athletes listed on the Black Presence in Britain.