Mansfield's Golden Girl!
Mansfield District Council's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton has paid a glowing tribute to Mansfield's very own 'Golden girl', Rebecca Adlington. Swimmer Rebecca (19) stormed to victory in the Olympic 400m Final in Beijing on Monday 11th August to become the first British woman to win a Gold medal in the pool in 48 years.
Mayor Egginton said: "I am absolutely ecstatic for Rebecca, her family, her friends and everyone who has played in part in helping her along the way to this remarkable achievement.
"To reach the very top of any sport requires years of hard work, focus and complete dedication - all traits which Rebecca has in abundance. What's more, it couldn't have happened to a nicer girl. I have had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca on a number of occasions and she is a credit to herself, her family and Mansfield - both in and out of the pool.
"We are immensely proud of the swimming development programme we have in place in Mansfield which finds and nurtures talent such as Rebecca's. With two more swimmers from the same development programme also competing at the Paralympics in Beijing next month, it speaks volumes for how effective the programme is.
"Through Rebecca's success we now have a tremendous opportunity to inspire even more of our young people to go on and achieve success, whether it is in sport or other walks of life.
Mansfield District Council hosted a special send-off event for it's Beijing-bound athletes in June this year. More than 200 community leaders and representatives from local sports clubs and businesses attended the civic send off ceremony.
Joining Rebecca Adlington at the event were Sam Hynd (swimmer, Paralympics) and Charlotte Henshaw (swimmer, Paralympics). Paralympians Arnie Chan (table tennis) and Chris Martin (discus) were unable to attend.
Anyone wishing to leave good luck messages for Mansfield's Olympians and Paralympians can still do so at www.mansfield.gov.uk/olympicblog or in a message book at Mansfield Civic Centre.