Athletics: Baby comes first but Jess can’t wait to compete again

Jessica Ennis-Hill and Eilidh Child (right) at the Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village in Glasgow. Pic: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.
Jessica Ennis-Hill and Eilidh Child (right) at the Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village in Glasgow. Pic: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.
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Jessica Ennis-Hill admits it’s difficult being away from athletics but is excited about becoming a mum.

The 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion will give birth to her first child in July but says she is missing the thrill of competition.

“I’ve a really exciting year coming up and it’s a brand new chapter in my life,” she told The Star. “But I’m an athlete and I’m still as competitive as ever.

“When I see the other girls competing I definitely want to get out there to see what I can do. My plan is to go to Rio (the 2016 Olympic Games) but obviously I know things are going to change.

“I’ll listen to my body.”

The 28-year-old from Sheffield added: “Last year was really frustrating missing out through injury, but this is totally different.

“It’s very exciting time but a very strange feeling as well.”