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County Council celebrating local success at London 2012

03 August 2012
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The County Council has been avidly supporting the progress of our athletes at Team GB, and it has already been a memorable week.

On Monday, Shining Star funded athlete Sam Oldham was part of the men's gymnastics team which clinched a bronze medal against all expectations.

County Council Leader Coun Kay Cutts helped support him with his family and friends at a pub in Normanton on the Wolds as the drama unfolded, and was interviewed on local TV following the triumph.

The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Express and the London Evening Standard were among the media who highlighted that Sam receives funding from the County Council.

Canoeing success

There was further success for the county with Team GB winning gold and silver in the two-man slalom canoe event on Thursday. All four of the athletes Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie, and David Florence and Richard Hounslow, have trained at the National Water Sports Centre.

The centre is managed by the County Council and has been flooded with enquiries from people wanting to take part in kayaking and it promotes a regular array of sessions to introduce people to the sport.

The news was picked up by the Associated Press whose report was picked up on international websites including Fox News and ABC in America. Centre manager Phil Machin was also interviewed live on Sky Sports News and on local TV to promote kayaking.

Swimming success

On Friday night, local swimmer Becky Adlington swam to a bronze medal in the Women's 800m Freestyle Final, to add to her bronze medal in the Women's 400m Freestyle. The County Council provides an annual grant to her swimming club, Nova Centurion, which is based in the county.

County Council Leader Coun Kay Cutts sent her congratulations: "Nottinghamshire County Council is very proud of Becky Adlington and her latest success at London 2012. As a county council, we have supported her and Nova Centurion Swimming Club since she first got involved with swimming at an early age. Her achievements in Beijing brought a huge amount of prestige to Mansfield and Nottinghamshire and she has crowned that success with two more medals here at London 2012."

Good luck messages

County Council Leader Coun Kay Cutts and Coun John Cottee, Committee Chairman for Culture at the County Council have issued a number of good luck messages to county based athletes which include our Shining Stars who, along with Sam Oldham, include Richard Jefferies (canoe) and George Pinner (hockey).

Following the conclusion of the Olympics, the county council will also be cheering on the various Paralympian athletes who will represent Team GB, who include: Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw (swimming), Simon Wilson (wheelchair fencing), Natalie Blake (weightlifting), Sophie Wells (dressage) and Matt Byrne (wheelchair basketball).

Find out more

Find out more Notts Olympic updates by visiting on our Sport for All pages.

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