COMING HOME: Jessica Ennis-Hill
23 July - 20 October 2019
Weston Park, Museums, Sheffield
by Kate Peters
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill is one of Britain’s most successful track and field athletes, specialising in the multi-discipline heptathlon and pentathlon events. Born and raised in Sheffield, she was introduced to athletics at a young age, by her parents, and performed successfully in junior competitions as a member of the City of Sheffield and Dearne Athletics Club. She achieved her first heptathlon world title in 2009 (and won again in 2011 and 2015), but it was her 2012 gold medal win at the London 2012 Olympics which earned her legendary sporting status.
Ennis-Hill is now retired from professional athletics, but continues to promote sport and healthy living. She still lives in Sheffield and is a patron of the Sheffield children’s hospital. In this photograph by Kate Peters, Ennis-Hill wears the official Olympic Team GB kit for 2012 and mimics the stance for throwing the javelin. It was commissioned by the Guardian Weekend Magazine in the lead up to the Games, along with photographs of over thirty other Olympic hopefuls including Sir Mo Farah and Sir Chris Hoy.