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

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill
Great Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill

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

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.

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.