Sports Character contender: Jessica Ennis-Hill

Sports Personality 2015 contender: Jessica Ennis-Hill
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015
Date: Sunday, 20 December. Venue: SSE Arena, Belfast. Time: 18:50-21:00 GMT. Coverage: BBC One particular, Radio 5 reside, BBC Sport web site.
Preview show: BBC Two, Tuesday, 15 December 22:35-23:35 GMT

“Jess is a supreme competitor but she’s well respected and admired by other athletes” – Denise Lewis, Sydney 2000 Olympic heptathlon champion, on Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Ennis-Hill, 29, is the most current contender to be profiled in the run-up to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on 20 December, as we concentrate on one particular of the 12 shortlisted nominees every single day.

Year in a nutshell

  • Won second planet heptathlon title – 13 months following giving birth to her 1st child
  • First key championships considering that winning gold at 2012 London Olympics
  • Only returned to training in autumn 2014
  • First multi-eventer to return from childbirth to win a planet title

What they say – Denise Lewis

“Although no-a single else had expectations, she had expectations for herself. She didn’t want to leave these championships without having a medal. It needed to occur to make all the sacrifices worth it.

“It was a leap into the unknown. She utilised to be at the top. The biggest adjustment she would have created, I consider, is realising that her body wasn’t going to carry out the way she wanted it to instantaneously. So she had to be patient, she had to give it time.

“One of her team-mates [Katarina Johnson-Thompson], her biggest rival, fell down in the extended jump, and Jess was there.

“Yes she’s focused, but the empathy that she exuded at that moment, that was planet class.”

What you say

Joshua Kleiman: “Jessica Ennis-Hill deserves to win Sports Personality of the Year. 13 months soon after providing birth, showing passion for athletics.”

Jasper56: “With the comeback she has had considering that becoming a mother… whatever the votes… Jess is a WINNER!!”

Terri Ritchie: “My vote goes to Jess Ennis for the amazing comeback as effectively as being an amazing function model for women’s sport.”

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