01/12/2011 17:15

Ennis - Thinking about rivals working hard motivates me

Training six days a week means that World number one heptathlete Jessica Ennis is in the best shape possible going into the final section of competition before the 2012 Olympics.

Ennis has been trained by Toni Minichiello from junior through to senior level and believes that their relationship has enabled her to keep on improving. The two plan how best to utilise training sessions to include gym work and track time although, as Ennis explains, she prefers some elements more than others,
"I like hurdling, I generally don't like the hard running sessions, the 800 metres but I do like the variety".

Thanks to the class form she has shown in the last few years, Ennis is one of Team GBs main hopes for an Olympic medal. Winning Gold in the World Championships in 2009 was followed by success at the World Indoor Championships and European Indoors in 2010. Finishing a surprise second at this year's World Championships in Daegu the 25 year- old believes this result has enabled her to train harder to ensure the same outcome isn't repeated in August 2012.

Jessica Ennis (© Dave Thompson PA)

Minichiello says they are working on technical elements of performance as well as conditioning the training so his athlete is competition ready when she needs to be.

Ennis, who received an MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for services to athletics, admits that competing at a home Olympics would mean extra pressure. Having missed out on Beijing because of injury the former world champion is determined nothing will distract her from achieving her ambition of Olympic Gold.

02/12/2011 09:42
a lovely girl who deserves all she has worked for. also very hot !!
02/12/2011 01:50
Big Fan ... good luck in your ambition.
02/12/2011 22:17

I don't really follow athletics much anymore, though I should. I used to be into it a lot whilst I was young during the great Ovett vs Seb Coe days.


I have see Jessica Ennis on the TV adverts many times and wondered who she was. Now I know a bit more, I to wish her the best and truely hope that she performs to her best ability during the Olympics, that way she will have a great chance of winning and if not, in time will have no regrets.

27/07/2012 02:03
Best way to describe Jessica in one word: awesome, I hope she does get Gold as she deserves it especially after her Injury disappointment in Beijing.  as for Team GB as a whole, I set no target for them medal wise, just want them to show everyone what they are capable of and have fun. again. taking part is what counts, not winning.
04/08/2012 05:54
come on jess keep it up, great to see a sheffield woman doing well, a great down to earth attitude, brill to watch, keeping everything crossed, you can do it, makes you proud to be from sheffield,
31/07/2012 10:45

Go on Jess!!! so stoked that shes a sheffielder, love her attitude and her performances, fingers crossed for you Jess! go for it.. you can do it.. proud of you all the way!!! inspirational lady!


02/12/2011 09:15
A lovely girl, a great role model, a very nice person, a 'winner' even if she came last, I wish you well and will cheering you on all the way.  Please Jessica send that M.B.E. back to the palace. There is no British Empire, and when there was, it wasn't a thing that we Brits can be overly proud of.  I've got a much better accolade for you. The B.O.F.A. ........ that's right....... the 'breath of fresh air'.
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