Jessica Varnish Profile
Nick Name: Jess
Date Of Birth: 19-11-1990
Place Of Birth: Bromsgrove, Great Britain
Family Name: Varnish
Nationality: Great Britain
Height: 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Weight: 67 kilograms (10.6 st; 148 lb)
At the age of 14, Varnish competed unofficially at the 2006 Junior World Championships in Belgium. She took a second off the British 500m standing start record, setting a new time of 37.1 seconds.
She made her first appearance in GB kit at the Austrian Junior International in January 2006. She became a member of British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme whilst still a junior. Being just 17 at the time, Varnish was selected for the programme a year ahead of the rest of her age group, demonstrating British Cycling's belief in her potential.
Her first performance at senior level was in the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester.
In March 2009, Varnish was awarded the "junior female sports personality of the year" trophy at the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards.
Virgin Trains Pendolino 390027 was named after her on 29 June 2011.