County council’s ‘good luck’ message to Olympians

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With the waiting almost over to the opening of London 2012, and the greatest sporting spectacle on Earth, Nottinghamshire County Council sends a good luck message to Team GB.

The county council hopes that the success realised by homegrown sports stars at London 2012 in both the Paralympics and the Olympics can help inspire more people to enjoy sport.

One of the stars of Team GB, Rebecca Adlington, was named at Nottinghamshire County Council’s annual Sports Awards as Sports Personality of the Year in February – her achievements to date already making her one of the most successful GB swimmers of all time.

Mum Kay said: “Becky was delighted to win the title in February as the award winners are voted for by coaches and local sporting experts in Nottinghamshire and there were a lot of strong contenders in other sports. We are now looking forward to London 2012 and cheering her and the rest of Team GB on at these historic Games which are even more special as they are on home soil.”

Coun John Cottee, Committee Chairman for Culture at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “On the eve of London 2012, it has already been a year to remember for sport and so many athletes have excelled to be selected for Team GB so they can represent their country. Nottinghamshire enjoyed fantastic success at the Beijing Games in 2008 and we are looking forward to supporting our athletes in London. The waiting is over and everyone will be cheering on the likes of Becky Adlington, Tim Brabants, Andy Turner and others.

“The county council is also looking forward to charting the progress of some of the athletes we have funded through the Shining Stars scheme - Richard Jefferies, Sam Oldham, Grace Carter and George Pinner. Representing Great Britain in the Olympics is a wonderful achievement in their careers and we hope their success will help encourage others to enjoy and take up sport.”

More than 20 Nottinghamshire athletes have taken part in providing healthy lifestyle tips to local people on the county council’s social media networks as part of its Fitter Twitter drive this summer. The final tweet, from gymnast Sam Oldham, who begins his London 2012 campaign on Saturday for Team GB, was posted today on the county council’s Twitter feed. Read more at: @NottsCC

Meanwhile, the National Water Sports Centre, which is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, hosted Olympic athletes from China from July 4-16 who will compete in canoe slalom competitions at London 2012.

Around 13 athletes were put through their paces on the white water course at the centre in Holme Pierrepont but the training sessions had to take place under a tight veil of secrecy as directed by the Chinese Olympic Association, which had nominated Leeds as the headquarters for its pre-Games training camp.

Phil Machin, site manager at the National Water Sports Centre, said: “While we had to honour the Chinese Olympic Association’s request not to publicise the training sessions, we were delighted to host members of its squad for these training sessions.

“They demonstrated their considerable skills and enjoyed the facilities here and as well as Team GB, we will definitely be looking out for their results at London 2012.”

The National Water Sports Centre is also preparing to host the 10th annual European Dragon Boat Championships through to Sunday.

For more information about sports activity in Nottinghamshire and the Shining Stars fund, visit