A celebration of Chesterfield’s international sporting heroes past and present.

To mark the London 2012 games and the visit of the Olympic Torch Relay, Chesterfield Museum is celebrating the town’s international sporting success stories.  Fourteen local sports men and women feature in the presentation now on show, all of whom have competed at an international level.

Chesterfield people have represented their country in a wide range of sports from billiards to free style skiing, speedway to darts.  The earliest sportsman featured is Whittington born Jeb Gascoyne, who held a cycling world record in 1896.  A hero in more than one sense, Gascoyne’s sporting career was cut short by his death at the Battle of Passchendaele.  Chesterfield’s sporting story is brought right up to date with the town’s present day Olympian, Liam Pitchford, who will be representing Great Britain at this year’s games in table tennis.

Councillor Nick Stringer, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism at Chesterfield Borough Council said: “It’s a fantastic testament to our town that we have such great sports people representing their country.  I hope people take the time to go and view the presentation which is both inspirational and entertaining.”

Chesterfield Museum is open from 10am – 4pm everyday except Wednesday and Sunday, and entrance is free.  ‘Going for Gold’ will be on show until 8th September.

For more information please contact Chesterfield Museum (01246-345727) or email museum@chesterfield.gov.uk


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Photo: Chesterfield Museum to show off the town’s top sporting talent.

All media enquiries contact: Fiona Shepherd, Chesterfield Borough Council   E: fiona.shepherd@chesterfield.gov.uk  T: 01246 345245/0774 663 8061

Fiona Shepherd
Public Relations Officer
Tel: 01246 345245 or 0774 663 8061


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