Coach praises Jess Ennis’s professionalism

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OTHER athletes can learn from the professionalism of Jessica Ennis says her coach Toni Minichiello after attending a multi-events meeting in Italy.

The heptathlete, who will compete this weekend at the Yorkshire Championships in Barnsley, wasn’t at the event in Desenzano del Garda but Minichiello said it made him realise how good she is at what she does.

He said: “I was out there with a couple of other multi-event athletes and I was looking around at how everyone else was preparing.

“A lot of them didn’t have their head in the competition. Jess, when she’s competing, is very focused. She may say hi to her parents, but then she’s straight back into it. She disassociates herself with everything else that is going on around her.

“You can see why she’s so good and so much better than others - she’s the ultimate professional.”

Minichiello witnessed Ennis’s national junior record being broken by Katarina Johnson-Thompson at the event. He says the 19-year-old has potential and could make the Great Britain team for the Olympic Games later this summer. “She’s very quick and she jumps well. She throws about 37 (metres) in the javelin and 11 to 12 (metres) in the shot, so a lot will depend on how she develops her throws,” he said.

Minichello also confirmed that Ennis will only take part in the javelin and shot on Sunday at Dorothy Hyman Stadium and not the 200 metres.