‘Kit as important as wedding dress!’ says Sheffield Jess

Phillips Idowu (left) and Jessica Ennis (right) pose with Stella McCartney as Adidas unveil the British Team Kit designed by Stella McCartney during a photocall at the Tower of London, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 22, 2012. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.
Phillips Idowu (left) and Jessica Ennis (right) pose with Stella McCartney as Adidas unveil the British Team Kit designed by Stella McCartney during a photocall at the Tower of London, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 22, 2012. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.
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OLYMPIC golden girl Jess Ennis says her Team GB athletics kit is just as important to her as the wedding dress she will wear to get married this year.

Jess, aged 26, from Sheffield, is planning her wedding to fiance Andy Hill after London 2012 - where it is hoped she will win gold in the heptathlon.

“My wedding and the Olympics are the two massive occasions coming up in my life,” she said.

“I’ve spent so much time thinking about my wedding dress, but my GB kit is equally important to me, because it’s the outfit I’ll wear on the biggest day of my career.

“I definitely won’t be eBaying it afterwards! It’s a massive achievement to perform at the Olympics, so I’m absolutely keeping my kit!”

Jess, who lives in Millhouses, told Zest magazine she was thrilled to meet fashion queen Stella McCartney - daughter of Beatle Paul - who designed the Olympic kits.

“It’s so exciting – I couldn’t believe it when I found out Stella McCartney was designing our Team GB kit,” she said.

“She’s worked with Adidas for a while, as have I, but I’d never actually met her before. She’s really down-to-earth and hands- on, overseeing everything at the shoot and making sure we all looked perfect. It was a bit surreal to have such a huge designer adjusting my kit, that’s for sure!”

Jess said her personal track style was to wear ‘a bit of make-up but nothing too heavy as I like to keep it quite natural’.

“I always wear a pair of diamond studs that Andy gave me - I find big earrings really distracting.

“And I wear my engagement ring for some events, but not long-jumping - I’d hate to lose it in the sand.”

Jess said she thought the new kits were gorgeous

“ I like that the flag is predominant, but most of all it fits really well and is so comfortable, with smooth edges, so it won’t rub. The fabric is super-soft, but it still has all the techie requirements to cope with the demands of athletics.

“I love all the little details, too, they give it that added extra.”

She said some athletes turn up wearing false eyelashes and full make-up, others with long false nails and big hoop earrings.

“But it’s about whatever makes you feel confident and comfortable.

“With Stella designing our kits I think that’ll be pretty hard to beat.

“Knowing you look nice, when so many people are watching and all those cameras are on you, gives you a confidence boost that can lift your performance.”