Updated: 25/05/2012 12:47 | By pa.press.net

Ennis coach hits back at 'fat' comment



Jessica Ennis

Jessica Ennis

Jessica Ennis' coach has claimed a senior figure at UK Athletics has described the Olympic heptathlon hopeful as fat ahead of this summer's London Games.

Toni Minichiello told The Guardian that an unnamed "high-ranking person" within the governing body labelled the 26-year-old former world champion "fat and she's got too much weight".

Minichiello said the comments came amid perceived intrusion in Ennis' preparation for the Olympics from "people in fairly high positions, who should know better".

"I get e-mails, phone calls, text messages and voicemails giving me advice on what I should be doing with Jessica Ennis that's going to make a difference. It's a lot of background noise that you can get easily distracted by," Minichiello told The Guardian.

"Yes, it might be a great idea, but it's not a great idea for today, it's a great idea for next year.

"I've never had any issue with her weight or shape. There are times I've wished she was taller, but that's it.

"The things you can't deal with are what we've dubbed as 'silver bullets'. And other people. You can't deal with the expectations and pressures that are on other people, like the BOA's team management."

Minichiello also hit out at plans from the British Olympic Association for Team GB members to sign a code of conduct ahead of the Olympics.

"What's a big deal to Clive Woodward at the minute is the athletes' agreement," he said, ahead of Ennis' last heptathlon before the Olympics in Gotzis, Austria this weekend.

"The Olympics, for Jess, is an individual environment and she knows how to behave and get the best out of herself. You know what? Jessica doesn't have a problem with behaviour. We don't have an issue there, we're not going to get embroiled in bad stuff. She signs the flag, we just get on. It's an aesthetic. I may get in trouble for (saying) that."

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Yea for sure. How that girl manages to get out of a chair is beyond me. FFS I've seen more fat on a butchers knife.

Jess go get some fish n chips and give em something to talk about.

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Ennis coach hits back at 'fat' commentJessica Ennis' coach has claimed a senior figure at UK Athletics has described the Olympic heptathlon hopeful as fat ahead of this summer's London Games.pa.press.net2012-05-25T12:47:402012-05-25T12:47:40Jessica EnnisJessica Ennis' coach has claimed a senior figure at UK Athletics has described the Olympic heptathlon hopeful as fat ahead of this summer's London Games.Toni Minichiello told The Guardian that an unnamed "high-ranking person" within the governing body labelled the 26-year-old former world champion "fat and she's got too much weight".Minichiello said the comments came amid perceived intrusion in Ennis' preparation for the Olympics from "people in fairly high positions, who should know better"."I get e-mails, phone calls, text messages and voicemails giving me advice on what I should be doing with Jessica Ennis that's going to make a difference. It's a lot of background noise that you can get easily distracted by," Minichiello told The Guardian."Yes, it might be a great idea, but it's not a great idea for today, it's a great idea for next year."I've never had any issue with her weight or shape. There are times I've wished she was taller, but that's it."The things you can't deal with are what we've dubbed as 'silver bullets'. And other people. You can't deal with the expectations and pressures that are on other people, like the BOA's team management."Minichiello also hit out at plans from the British Olympic Association for Team GB members to sign a code of conduct ahead of the Olympics."What's a big deal to Clive Woodward at the minute is the athletes' agreement," he said, ahead of Ennis' last heptathlon before the Olympics in Gotzis, Austria this weekend."The Olympics, for Jess, is an individual environment and she knows how to behave and get the best out of herself. You know what? Jessica doesn't have a problem with behaviour. We don't have an issue there, we're not going to get embroiled in bad stuff. She signs the flag, we just get on. It's an aesthetic. I may get in trouble for (saying) that."Jessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica Ennis

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