Support for athletes

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.

Cllr 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.”