More sporting glory for Mansfield
Mansfield's incredible month for local sport continued this weekend as golfer Oliver Wilson secured his place in Europe's 12-man Ryder Cup team to face the USA.
Wilson's success follows hot on the Jimmy Choo heels of Rebecca Adlington's incredible double-gold at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
He will line-up alongside fellow Notts golfer Lee Westwood in the European team which takes on the USA at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky from 19th to 21st September.
He secured the tenth and final guaranteed slot in the team, based on his form in tournaments over the last 12 months.
And Mansfield's summer of sporting success may not end there. Sam Hynd (swimming), Charlotte Henshaw (swimming), Chris Martin (discus) and Arnie Chan (table tennis) are all in Beijing to compete in the Paralympics, all harbouring medal hopes.
Mansfield District Council's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton has spoken of his pride that once again, Mansfield is being highlighted on the world sporting map.
He said: "This has been an incredible month for Mansfield sport. Just as we are getting our breath back from Rebecca Adlington's magnificent showing in the Olympics, now Oliver Wilson brings Mansfield to national and international attention by qualifying for the Ryder Cup team.
"The Ryder Cup is without doubt the biggest golfing event in the world. For Oliver to make it into Europe's elite 12-man team is a fantastic achievement. I am absolutely thrilled for him and I am sure he will go out and do Europe, his country and Mansfield proud.
"I have known Oliver and his family for many years. In common with Rebecca Adlington, he has a great work ethic and is totally committed to his sport, which has clearly contributed to his success.
"I am sure Rebecca's success will have been and will continue to be an inspiration to Oliver, as I hope it can be for our four Paralympians out in Beijing art the moment.
"Once again, it is fantastic news for Mansfield. It has been an unforgettable month for local sport and long may it continue."