GOING FOR GOLD: Olympic sendoff for Sheffield’s Jess Ennis - VIDEO

JESSICA Ennis joined Olympians from around the city to thank the people of Sheffield for their support as they prepare to head down to London.

“I’m so excited now, I honestly can’t believe how quickly the Games are coming around,” said the 26-year-old.

Sheffield born and based athletes were given a send off by the people of Sheffield in an event held in the Peace Gardens. Our picture shows a snapper photographing a Jessica Ennis fan with the athlete using the fan's camera phone.

Sheffield born and based athletes were given a send off by the people of Sheffield in an event held in the Peace Gardens. Our picture shows a snapper photographing a Jessica Ennis fan with the athlete using the fan's camera phone.

“The people of Sheffield have been amazing these last months, always asking how training’s going and offering encouraging words.”

Hundreds of people turned out to see Jessica and a host of other Sheffield athletes, at the Peace Gardens in Sheffield.

WATCH THE VIDEO and see The Star tomorrow for full report and pictures.