Nottinghamshire County Council delight for Paralympic Games’ shining stars Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw after latest medal success

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Nottinghamshire County Council has paid tribute to Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw as the swimmers recorded the latest medal successes for the county at London 2012 on Wednesday.

Kirkby’s Ollie claimed gold and Mansfield’s Charlotte silver within an hour of each other.

The county council is following the fortunes of 10 athletes, including Ollie and Charlotte, - funded through its Shining Stars programme.

Athletes who receive Shining Stars grants get annual funding of £2,012 to help with their transport and other costs to allow them to concentrate on their sport.

Ollie now has gold, silver and bronze at these Games, having won the men’s 200m individual medley SM8, and Charlotte clinched silver in the 100m breaststroke SB6, having earlier broken the Paralympic record in the heats.

Ollie’s brother Sam, who has also received support from the county council, finished fourth in the men’s 200m individual medley SM8, and has also medalled at these Games.

Ollie, Charlotte and Matt have also all supported the county council’s Fitter Twitter social media drive on the eve of the Games, providing healthy living tips to thousands of Twitter followers.

Coun John Cottee, committee chairman for Culture at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Nottinghamshire athletes are performing fantastically at London 2012, and we are delighted with the latest successes.

“The efforts of the Hynd brothers, Charlotte Henshaw and Matt Byrne in being selected in the first place was already fantastic. To be able to join in with the celebrations of our athletes who have tasted glory with medal success is also wonderful and will provide inspiration to us all for years to come.”

Nottinghamshire County Council is supporting six Paralympians though its Shining Stars fund – as well as the developments above, Sophie Wells has had fantastic medal success, Natalie Blake bravely performed in powerlifting - just a week after major surgery - and wheelchair fencer Simon Wilson prepares to compete later this week.

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