06 JAN 2010 General News Birmingham, UK

World champion Ennis at the double in Birmingham

Jessica Ennis of Great Britain competes in the women's Heptathlon (Getty Images)Jessica Ennis of Great Britain competes in the women's Heptathlon (Getty Images) © Copyright

World Heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis will contest two of her strongest events at next month's Aviva Grand Prix meeting in Birmingham.

The Aviva Grand Prix is one of the ten IAAF Indoor Permit meetings in 2010.

Ennis will tackle the 60m Hurdles and High Jump at the National Indoor Arena on Saturday 20 February, and can expect to face tough opposition as she prepares for the World Indoor Championships Pentathlon title in March in Doha.

“I had a fantastic year in 2009 but now my focus is on the coming season and trying to win the World Indoors,'' said Ennis.

“The Aviva Grand Prix is always a great event to be part of as the competition is world-class and the crowd in Birmingham are really into their athletics and a huge support.''

Ennis will be joined by two fellow British World medallists from Berlin last summer, Lisa Dobriskey who took silver in the 1500m and Jenny Meadows who was an unexpected third over 800m.

Dobriskey said: “The Aviva Grand Prix is a world-class event and always an opportunity to test yourself against some world-class athletes which is great competition for us, but also exciting for the crowd to see.”

Meadows said: “I'm really excited about this season and I can't wait to get out there and just race.  Everything has gone well in my training and I'm just excited to see what I can do out there on the track.”

Dave Martin (PA International) for the IAAF