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Nottinghamshire's pride in athletes which further boosts Fitter Twitter campaign

31 July 2012
Cllr Cutts with Sam Oldham's friends and family cheering him on

Nottinghamshire County Council is celebrating the success of the latest Notts athlete to climb the podium at London 2012.

Sam Oldham has hit the headlines after he and his team mates clinched bronze with a stunning performance in the men's gymnastics yesterday.

Shining Stars

Oldham receives funding of £2,012 from Nottinghamshire County Council's Shining Stars Fund to help with travel and training costs each year.

It follows on from the success of star Mansfield swimmer Becky Adlington in the 400m freestyle on Sunday who also won a bronze medal. The county council provides annual grant funding to her club, Nova Centurion Swimming Club.

Nottinghamshire County Council leader Kay Cutts joined family and friends of Keyworth-based Sam Oldham at The Plough Inn, Normanton on the Wolds, Notts, to watch the drama unfold on a big screen yesterday.

Speaking in London, Sam's dad Bob said: "We got no sleep at all - it was absolutely unbelievable and we are so, so proud of Sam - he has worked so hard. We got a chance to see him last night at about midnight at Team GB headquarters and it was fantastic - and an awesome atmosphere of celebration."

First medal for 100 years

Council Leader Kay Cutts said: "We are all thrilled that the men's gymnastic team have won the first medal for 100 years for Team GB and delighted for Sam who we have supported since he was 11 years old. It builds on the success of Becky Adlington who we have also supported through her early career. These achievements are wonderful for sport in Nottinghamshire."

Notts County Council's culture committee chairman John Cottee said: "Many congratulations to Sam and his team mates for making history in men's gymnastics. We are so proud of them and they will inspire a whole new generation of youngsters.

"Becky Adlington had already provided another fantastic performance in the swimming pool on Sunday, and at a home Games, making it even more memorable. She also continues to inspire the next generation of swimmers in Nottinghamshire and Great Britain."

Fitter Twitter

Both Becky Adlington's coach Bill Furniss and Sam Oldham - along with top Paralympian Richard Whitehead - have been involved in the county council's innovative social media drive Fitter Twitter. Launched with 100 days to go to the start of London 2012, the campaign provided thousands of Twitter followers with advice on healthy living and exercise tips. The campaign is still available to view on the county council's Twitter feed: @nottscc, by searching for #fittertwitter

Tellingly, Sam's final Tweet which was published ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday was: "Give 100 per cent every session'.

Meanwhile, volleyball star Grace Carter, 22, from Humber Road, in Beeston, and her colleagues were in action at Earl's Court last night and were delighted to win against Algeria. The GB squad is in a pool of six teams with the first four making it through the quarter finals.

Grace, a middle blocker, said: "If we can make the quarterfinals we will be very pleased. We are all enjoying the Olympic experience."

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. George, Richard and Grace also contributed to the Fitter Twitter campaign.

Meanwhile, colleagues at the county council managed National Water Sports Centre are also keeping a close eye on the progress of canoeist David Florence who used to train at the centre and is in action today at London 2012 vying for a medal in the canoe slalom.

For more information about the Olympics and Nottinghamshire County Council's Shining Stars fund, and Fitter Twitter visit: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/sportforall

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