Ennis Hill hopes AIPS Trophy will be prelude to golden summer in 2014
SHEFFIELD , October 22, 2013 - As AIPS Europe's female athlete of the year Jessica Ennis-Hill plots her comeback after a summer of injury, she knows one thing is missing. Now she wants to complete her set of gold medals next summer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
"The 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne were my first senior championships. " she said ", I absolutely loved it. it was the best experience, because it is multi sport , you have the village feel like an Olympics, it is a really great atmosphere." l
The 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion won't be fazed by the prospect of the famous Hampden Roar in Glasgow next year after the huge crowds at London 2012.
"I had never experienced a crowd like that in London. I had never been in a stadium that full for the morning session. I think it will be very similar at Hampden Park, obviously not quite on the same scale as the Olympics , but it will be similar. There will be great crowds and everyone will be behind the athletes."she said.
.Injury forced her to miss the World Championships in Moscow during the summer. For her comeback she's targeting the indoor season in the new year. She received the AIPS Europe trophy during a short break from training and rehabilitation at the English Institute for Sport in her hometown of Sheffield.
"We've got some great sports journalists in our country but to be recognised in Europe as well and to receive this award is brilliant" she said. "After having such a great year that I did during the Olympics , it is great to receive recognition from across Europe " she said.
Ennis-Hill paid tribute to the backroom coaching staff she calls "Team Jennis". Her sports team includes long time coach Toni Minichiello, javelin specialist Mick Hill. Medical experts Derry Suter Ali Rose, Biometrics man Paul Brice and physiologist Steve Ingham
"The team around me are brilliant They are an amazing group of people who have sacrificed a lot of their time and are really passionate about what they do, they have been a huge part in me being able to achieve what I have."
She will have plenty of opportunity to make her mark in Europe this summerThe European Championships in Zurich follow headlong after the
"There is no such thing as a quiet year." she said.
Back in July, Ennis-Hill did compete at the London Anniversary Games in the Olympic Stadium but it proved a false dawn.
"I wasn't ready but I still wanted to go to the stadium and feel it again , it was a very different experience from the Olympics,butIt was great to see the crowd there again and people who missed out on tickets for the Olympics to see some live athletics in the stadium.
At least her enforced absence in most of 2013 gave her time to properly plan her wedding.
"We got engaged two and a half years ago but I had to put it on the back burner because of London before so I had been planning bits , I had lots of magazines at home cutting things out, you know what every bride does.There was lots of planning and excitement." She said.