Jessica grew up in Sheffield, England where she attended Sharrow Primary School before moving onto King Ecgbert Secondary School. It was whilst attending secondary school that she first met her fiance Andy Hill. Jessica now lives in Sheffield with Andy and their chocolate labrador Myla.
At a young age Jessica and her sister were introduced to athletics. In the school holidays they would attend local athletics camps. At the age of 13 Jessica had her first coaching session with Toni Minichiello. They continued to work together through Jessica's schooling and time at University.
Since 2000, Jessica’s progression through the junior and youth competitions showed she was a promising talent for the future. She continued to study and attended the World University Games in 2005 achieving a bronze medal. After graduating with a degree in Psychology from The University of Sheffield Jessica became a professional athlete. Her first season as a senior athlete demonstrated her potential gaining a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games.
At 26 years old, Jessica has proven her immense talent as a multi-eventer and has now cemented herself into the history books as a double World Champion and at the London 2012 Olympics she achieved her lifelong dream of becoming Olympic Champion!
In December 2012 she became an ambassador for Sky Sports Living for Sport saying “I want to use the momentum we all gained from the Team GB’s performance at the Olympic Games to show that sport really can make a difference to young people’s lives in so many ways. Sky Sports Living for Sport is using sport to do just that and that’s why I am really excited to have teamed up with them to get more schools all over the UK to join up. Sport has the power to help build confidence, self-respect and improve behaviour. Over the next few months I am looking forward to getting out there and engaging with lots of schools and young people to encourage them to give different sports a try – I can’t wait!”