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2012 Istanbul World Indoor Championships

22 May 2013

London 2012 golden girl Jessica Ennis (coach: Toni Minichiello) is to open her 2013 season at the second UK Women’s Athletic League fixture of the season in Edinburgh next month.

The Premier Division fixture, which is taking place at the Meadowbank Sports Centre, will mark Ennis’ first outdoor competition since her outstanding success at London 2012, and will see her compete in three events, the 100mH, the javelin and the long jump.

Of the competition, Jess said: “I am looking forward to getting back into competition on June 8 at Meadowbank.  Last year had some wonderful highs for obvious reasons but you cannot stand still for long in any sport – let alone one like athletics. I have been training hard with a view to this summer’s events and the World Championships in Moscow in August is the major goal. It will be good to compete again for Trafford AC in Edinburgh.”

Jess’s coach Toni Minichiello also confirmed that Ennis will compete in the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo a few days after the Edinburgh meet, and that her first heptathlon of the season will be in Tallinn, Estonia at the end of June.

Minichello said: “Edinburgh is a good opportunity for Jessica to blow the cobwebs away and get into competition again.  We’re planning for her to do three events that day. The World Championships is the main target for the season so everything before then is looking towards peaking for Moscow. The Women’s League is the top level of club competition in Britain, so Edinburgh is a good place to start.”

Edinburgh Leisure Chief Executive John Comiskey said: “The team at Meadowbank are delighted to be hosting Jessica Ennis and all of the other athletes competing in the UK Women’s Athletic League in June.  This is an excellent opportunity to see one of our country’s finest athletes in action and I would encourage people to snap up tickets for this exciting event as soon as possible.”

Tickets for the Edinburgh event taking place on Saturday 8 June are now available to purchase online, priced at just £5 for adults and £2 for children: http://bit.ly/14Mprq1