Jessica Ennis-Hill planning sporting future over television role

Great Britain's (left-right) Jessica Ennis-Hill, Asha Philip and Anyika Onuora wave from the float during the Olympic and Paralympic athletes celebration parade in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. See PA story SPORT Olympics. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Great Britain's (left-right) Jessica Ennis-Hill, Asha Philip and Anyika Onuora wave from the float during the Olympic and Paralympic athletes celebration parade in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 17, 2016. See PA story SPORT Olympics. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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Sheffield’s Olympic hero Jessica Ennis-Hill has said she would prefer a role in sport rather than television having retired from athletics.

The 30-year-old, a gold medallist at London 2012, called time on her athletics career last week following the summer’s Rio Olympics where she claimed a silver two years after giving birth to her first child, Reggie.

Ennis-Hill bid farewell to the British public along with 350 other athletes at a parade in Manchester on Monday, with thousands gathering to celebrate the achievements of both TeamGB and Paralympics GB in Brazil.

She revealed her next step post-retirement is likely to see her offer guidance in the field of sport.

“For the moment I’m just going to have a bit of time away to spend time with Reggie and my family,” she said.

“I need to think about what I really want to do, something that I enjoy and that I’m passionate about moving forward. I think I’ll definitely stay involved in sport in some way.

“I love getting people into sport, helping people get active and healthy, that’s something I enjoy and I’m passionate about.

“TV presenting - I’m not sure if that’s for me but I’m going to take this time to enjoy this moment and reflect, really.”

Ennis-Hill’s retirement means she will not return to London’s Olympic Stadium for next year’s World Championships but said she had made the right decision.

“Retirement is really good, it’s still strange and I’m adjusting to everything, but it’s a really nice occasion to come here, be on the floats, celebrate Rio and also say goodbye to everyone,” she added.

“I know 100 per cent it’s the right decision, I’ve no regrets at all. It’s going to be strange obviously not training every day, I’ve been in that environment for so many years but I’m 100 per cent sure it’s the right decision and I’m looking forward to it.”