County backs our Olympic athletes

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The town of Corby has given its backing to Olympic qualifying gymnast Daniel Keatings.

Mr Keatings, 22, from the town was part of the Great Britain team which seized its final chance to qualify for the London Games this year.

The Kingswood School, which he used to attend, plans to be watching if he makes it to the final stages.

Headteacher David Tristram said: “It is fantastic. We are absolutely delighted.

“We invited him back to open the school because we were so proud of him. He is a role model and someone who shows the level of work and commitment we would like to see in all of our students.

“We can’t lay any claim to his gymnastic talents, that lays with him, but due to the training necessary we worked with his parents to make sure he developed his talents and had time to do his work.”

Mr Keatings is not the county’s only Olympian – Wellingborough gymnast Frankie Jones has been among the rhythmic gymnastic team receiving coaching from ice skaters Torvill and Dean and is hopeful of making the team.

And hurdler William Sharman, of Corby, is also training with the hope of qualifying.

Residents gave the Olympians their backing.

Susan Gibson, 51, of Gainsborough Road, said: “He has done really well and is putting Corby on the map. I will be supporting him.”

Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “For several years now Daniel Keatings has really contributed to putting Corby on the sporting map. I would like to congratulate him and the rest of the team in qualifying for the 2012 Olympics and we all wish him the best of luck.”