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Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE


Jessica_Ennis-HillJessica Ennis-Hill CBE was born Jessica Ennis in Sheffield, England in 1986. She is a track and field athlete and the current Olympic and world heptathlon champion. Ennis’s father is Jamaican and her mother is English. She began her athletic career at age 11, when she won a prize at a local summer track event, which Ennis says her parents took her to in order to get her out of the house.

Ennis has won numerous titles, including “British Athlete of the Year” by the British Athletic Writers’ Association, “European Female Athlete of the Year” by the EAA, “British Olympic Athlete of the Year” in a poll run by UK Athletics, “Ultimate Olympian” at Cosmopolitan’s Ultimate Woman of the Year Awards, “Sportswoman of the Year” by the Sunday Times and “Most Inspirational Sportswoman of the Year” by the Jaguar Academy of Sports.

Ennis won Gold at the 2012 Olympic Games, and she published her autobiography Unbelievable – From My Childhood Dreams to Winning Olympic Gold later that year. In 2011, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). According to Mirror, mixed race celebrities like Jessica Ennis have helped change perceptions of interracial relationships in the UK.

 

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