Jessica Ennis-Hill: Great Britain heptathlete retires from athletics

Jessica Ennis
Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis

Jessica Ennis-Hill, who won gold for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics, has retired from athletics.

In a statement on her Instagram profile, the heptathlete thanked her family and team for their support which enabled her to “achieve my dreams”.

She wrote: “I’m so fortunate to have had such an amazing career within the sport I love and this has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make.

“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.”

The 30-year-old had hinted at retirement after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in August 2016.

Ennis-Hill’s heptathlon gold was one of the most iconic moments of London 2012’s ‘Super Saturday’.

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She is a TV star known to millions around the world.  Now Emilia Fox,satr of silent Witness, wants to follow in the footsteps of Ursula Andress and Halle Berry and be a Bond girl.

In an exclusive interview, Emilia said: “Producers probably think it’s too late for me to be a Bond girl but I would love it.

“I would like to go in as one of the MI6 characters.

“There are several strong contenders going for Bond but I would like to see Idris take over from DANIEL CRAIG.

“He would be a cool Bond.”

However, Emilia admitted she might not fit in with the role as raunchy Bond girl — as she doesn’t feel comfortable stripping off for the cameras.

She added: “I’ve never wanted to get naked or do sex scenes.

“It can be gratuitous.

“I would never suggest it’s a good idea unless it’s entirely warranted.”

A spokesperson for the Bond movies said: ” Yes,  Emila is on our radar. She certainly has the star  quality for the role.”

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Paul Hollywood confirms he’s STAYING with Bake Off and Channel 4 as Mary Berry bids ‘farewell to soggy bottoms’

Paul Hollywood has confirmed he’s staying with The Great British Bake Off as Mary Berry bids ‘farewell to soggy bottoms’.

Earlier today Mary Berry released a statement saying she’s stepping away from the cooking show before it’s controversial move to Channel 4.

Moments later, her fellow judge released his own statement confirming that he will remain a judge on Bake Off for the next three series when the hit show moves to Channel 4.

One of the country’s leading artisan bakers, Paul has been a judge on The Great British Bake Off since the first series in 2010.

Paul Hollywood said: “Since I was a kid, baking has been part of my life. The seven series inside the tent have created some great memories. Best of all, I have felt so pleased to experience other people getting the baking bug, just as I did when my dad helped me make my first loaf.”

He continued: “The Great British Bake Off has brought baking to the nation and we’ve seen people from all walks of life and backgrounds, experience the highs and lows of competition, and more importantly helping each other. It’s been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn’t turn my back on all that – the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget… the squirrels.

“So I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when Bake Off moves to Channel 4. I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding.”

Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer of Channel 4 said: “Paul really is the star baker – an exceptional talent with a twinkle in his eye. His wit, warmth and wisdom are vital ingredients in Bake Off’s success. I’m so delighted he’s coming to Channel 4.”

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