The Incredible Story of Jessica Ennis-Hill Winning Gold in Beijing

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By James Mills, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

"This has been the hardest year ever. There were different pressures going into London 2012, but here juggling all my mummy duties has been even harder. I want to thank everyone for their help and sacrifices in helping me get back to being the athlete I was." 

 - Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill won gold in the Heptathlon at the Beijing World Championships this weekend to add to her collection of medals. What’s incredible is the number of challenges she has faced on the way to this achievement; from being told she was too short to be taken seriously as an athlete, to having her first child last year and having her preparation disrupted by injury literally weeks before competing at the highest level. So what is it that enabled her to triumph through adversity?

Jessica Ennis-Hill image courtesy of Al King @ Flickr