Sheffield’s Jess Ennis is here to save the day

Golden hope: Jessica Ennis
Golden hope: Jessica Ennis
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DON’T panic people. Wonder woman is here. You may know her better as the Golden Girl.

Well, that’s yet to be decided, but the arrival of Jessica Ennis into Olympic Athletes Village should certainly lift flagging spirits in the hunt for silverware.

So far it has been a series of near misses for Team GB.

Early predictions of a bag full of medals haven’t yet been proved right, but there’s still a long way to go. British swimmers have never traditionally won lots of medals and diving has only produced one silver in the last 52 years - Sheffield’s Leon Taylor and his 10m synchro partner Pete Waterfield in Athens in 2004.

If the rowers and track cyclists miss out then that may be the time to begin a co-ordinated panic.

By the end of this week, though, we’ll know whether our Jess is on the way to gold. The show’s not over until... look, I’m not even going to go there!

Our deadline was well before the highlight of the Games, for me at least, ended at 1am Tuesday morning. The Sheffield-backed volleyball girls won an historic first match at the Olympics.

Unfunded and over-looked the likes of former All Saints student Rachel Laybourne and inspirational skipper Lynne Beattie put on a real show in beating Algeria 3-2 deep into the early hours of yesterday morning.

It was a tremendous achievement for the team and a pat on the back must go to all their sponsors.