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London 2012: County Council salutes Becky Adlington and Shining Stars are back in action

30 July 2012
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Nottinghamshire is looking forward to another action packed day for local athletes at London 2012.

Bronze for swimmer Becky Adlington

Nottinghamshire County Council provides annual grant funding to Nova Centurion Swimming Club and cheered along with the rest of the nation as Becky Adlington clinched bronze for Team GB with a stunning swim in the 400m freestyle event last night.

Becky was named by the County Council as Sportsperson of the Year at the Nottinghamshire Sports Awards earlier this year, as voted for by coaches and local sports experts who work at grassroots level in the community.

Coun John Cottee, Committee Chairman for Culture at Nottinghamshire County Council said: "Many congratulations to Becky Adlington on another fantastic performance, and at a home Games, making it even more memorable. She continues to inspire the next generation of swimmers in Nottinghamshire and Great Britain."

Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire County Council continues to look forward to the progress of some of local athletes who are funded by its Shining Stars fund, and this year each have received £2,012 to help with their training and general costs for travel.

Gymnast Sam Oldham looking to make history

Friends and family of Shining Star-funded gymnast Sam Oldham, 19, from Keyworth, are again preparing to cheer him on when they take part in special celebration at The Plough Inn, Old Melton Road, in Normanton on the Wolds.

He is looking to make history with fellow members of the Team GB gymnastics team in the final which starts at 4.30pm today (Monday).

The pub opened for the first round on Saturday attracting more than 80 people. The pub will again be open at 4pm this afternoon and there will be a barbecue, marquee and some big screens erected for the waiting crowds. Contact landlord Mark Hughes on tel: 0115 9372401 for more information.

Sam's dad Bob Oldham said: "We are delighted the pub is getting behind us. We will be cheering him on in London, but grandparents including my dad Arthur, and my wife Dawn's mum Yvonne, along with other friends will cheer him on from Nottinghamshire. It has been a fantastic experience in London for Sam so far - as he was getting accredited yesterday the legendary Michael Phelps was behind him in the queue!"

Volleyball player Grace Carter is back in action

Meanwhile, volleyball star Grace Carter, 22, from Humber Road, in Beeston, is back in action at Earl's Court tonight when her team play Algeria. The GB squad is in a pool of six teams with the first four making it through the quarter finals, but lost to Russia at the weekend.

Grace, a middle blocker, said: "If we can make the quarterfinals we will be very pleased. It was a difficult first match as Russia are a top side but we are looking forward to the next game."

Shining Stars

The other County Council Shining Star funded athletes which are in the Olympics team for Team GB are men's hockey reserve goalkeeper George Pinner from Beeston and Rushcliffe-based Richard Jefferies.

See more details about the Olympics and Nottinghamshire County Council's Shining Stars fund on the Sport for all page.

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