Seven things you might not know about Sheffield's Jess Ennis-Hill

Sheffield's Olympic and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill turns 30 on Thursday.

Friday, 22nd January 2016, 10:09 am
Updated Friday, 22nd January 2016, 10:14 am
Great Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill

This is shaping up to be another memorable year for the London 2012 poster girl. Here we pick out seven things you may not know about her:

1 If Ennis-Hill can win gold in Rio de Janeiro, she would become just the third athlete to have a baby and retain an Olympic title over the space of a four-year cycle. The other two were Australian hurdler/sprinter Shirley Strickland (1952-1956) and Cameroonian triple-jumper Francoise Mbango Etone (2004-2008).

2 Ennis-Hill has been coached by Toni Minichiello since she was 13.

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3 Ennis-Hill graduated with a psychology degree from the University of Sheffield in 2007.

In 2010 Ennis was awarded an Honorary degree from the University of Sheffield for her contribution to sport.

4 Born and bred in Sheffield, she still lives in the city with husband - childhood sweetheart Andy - son Reggie and a chocolate labrador, Myla.

5 Ennis-Hill is a fan of Star Wars and has compared herself to Rey, the female lead protagonist in recently released The Force Awakens.

6 When coming through the ranks, Olympic bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton gave her the nickname ‘tadpole’ because of her diminutive size and age. She is now five feet five inches tall.

7 To celebrate Ennis-Hill’s Olympic success, League One side Sheffield United renamed one of the Bramall Lane stands after her. It was changed to the Redbrik Estate Agency Stand last June.