Jessica Ennis

Hear Jessica talking about her Olympic ambitions.

The Portrait

Jessica Ennis
Photographed by Bettina von Zwehl
20 May 2010, Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield

Jessica Ennis is a double world champion in the heptathlon (2009) and the indoor pentathlon (2010). Ennis took up sport at the age of ten and in her first senior championship at the 2006 Commonwealth Games she won bronze. Five weeks before the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Ennis fractured her ankle. With the help of her coach, Toni Minichiello, she re-trained to compete using her other foot. Sheffield-born Ennis trains at the Don Valley Stadium in preparation for the London 2012.

‘I personally draw inspiration from my injury… When I think about those days, it makes me feel really thankful for what I’ve got.’
Jessica Ennis

© Bettina von Zwehl/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012