‘Reggie is better than any gold medal’ Jessica Ennis-Hill retires from sport to become full-time mum

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  • Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced her retirement from sport, to become a full-time mum and concentrate on her family.

    The sporting star took to Instagram to share the news, looking back at some of her most memorable moments from the beginning of her career in 2009 to the 2016 Olympics with a photo montage.

    She started her lengthy post talking about ‘amazing memories’ and calling herself ‘fortunate’ for ‘such an amazing career within the sport I love’ admitting retiring is ‘one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make’.

    Jessica went on to say how important it is to leave on a high and the support that she’s had from her family has been very important, ‘But I know that retiring now is right.

    ‘I’ve always said I want to leave my sport on a high and have no regrets and I can truly say that. I want to thank my family and incredible team who have spent so much of their time supporting me and enabling me to achieve my dreams.’

    As a shout out to fans and supporters she continued, ‘Also a huge thank you to all those people who have supported and followed my career over the years x’.

    This news shouldn’t come as too much of a shock for fans, following Jessica’s comments in Rio after winning silver when she said, ‘Before I was a mother it was just solely focusing about me and my performances and now it’s very different.’

    ‘Athletics was my everything, but Reggie is better than any gold medal. He is my priority and everything has to fit around life with him.’

    The mother of one married her childhood sweetheart Andy Hill, a construction site manager, three years ago and has said to want to grow their family with her time out of the spotlight.