Jessica Ennis-Hill hoping to 'inspire change' on International Women's Day
Last Updated: 07/03/14 2:19pm
Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is hoping Saturday's International Women's Day will help inspire a new generation of athletes.
The day aims to 'inspire change,' with women being recognised for their achievements.
Ennis-Hill, who won gold in the heptathlon at the 2012 Olympic Games, told Sky Sports: "It's an amazing day and an opportunity to recognise some of the things that women in this county have achieved. I hope it can inspire the next generation of sports people coming through.
"For me, coming out of the London Olympics and seeing the impact it had on the country, and the reaction that I had amongst kids was inspiring in itself.
"It's an amazing day and an opportunity to recognise some of the things that women in this county have achieved. I hope it can inspire the next generation of sports people coming through."
"If we as athletes can perform on the field and make a change and get people involved then that's a huge responsibility and an amazing thing to do.
"We are seeing some great performances, in London 2012 and more recently the Winter Olympics. The stand-out performance at the Winter Olympics was by a female athlete, Lizzy Yarnold. She was just incredible.
"If we have amazing performances year-on-year then hopefully we can inspire change."
Ennis-Hill is currently only undertaking light training as she is pregnant. But she remains intent on defending her Olympic title in Rio in 2016.
"I'm enjoying it actually - it's weird training," she said. "Training is obviously very different and low level. But I'm looking forward to what's to come.
"Rio is definitely in my thoughts. I'm very aware that my life is going to change over the next few months. Motivation is still very high. I'm looking forward to the new challenges that I'm going to have. At the moment my child is my priority and I want to make sure I do everything right for the little one.
"But I've got a great team and a great coach and they will do everything to make sure I am ready for Rio."