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Jessica Ennis-Hill wants more female athletics coaches

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Jessica Ennis-Hill is pregnant with her first child  (©GettyImages)
Jessica Ennis-Hill is pregnant with her first child (©GettyImages).

Jessica Ennis-Hill has called for more female coaches to be a part of British athletics.

The 27-year-old has said she thinks her sport is very male dominated when it comes to coaching.

Sheffield-born Ennis-Hill told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It would be great to see more female coaches involved in track and field, I feel they [women] could bring a lot to the sport."

Ennis-Hill managed to achieve Olympic gold at London 2012, having been led by her male coach Toni Minichiello.

There has though been some progress in this area, with UK athletics launching a Female Coach Legacy Programme which offered assistance to eight female coaches with the intention of them learning skills which would enable them to train elite athletes.

Unfortunately we will not be seeing Ennis-Hill attempting to emulate her Olympic success at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer as she is expecting her first child which is due in August.

Speaking of her absence, Ennis-Hill said: “It's a huge challenge to come away from your sport, have a child and come back.

“I see that as great motivation. I feel I've got a little bit more time left in athletics and a little bit more left that I'd like to achieve.”

Following this, all eyes are on her fellow heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who is favourite to get gold at the Commonwealth Games this year. 

The 21-year-old won gold at the European Under-23 Championships last year and will be hoping to gain a medal of the same colour in Glasgow. 


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