All eyes will be on table tennis ace Liam Pitchford tonight as he aims to boost Team GB’s medal haul at the London Olympics.
Thousands of Cestrefeldians are set to tune in and cheer on the Brimington lad who hopes to do himself, his country and his hometown proud.
Liam and team-mates Paul Drinkhall and Andrew Baggaley will take on Portugal at 7pm.
Speaking from London this afternoon, Liam’s dad Kevin said: “I just can’t believe my son’s taking part in the Olympics – I’m so proud.”
At Brimington Social Club, excited members were gearing up for the much-anticipated game.
Club chairman Barry Simpson said: “We’re all behind Liam.
“We’ve financially supported him over the years and I’m delighted to see he’s achieved so much.
“I reckon he can win gold.”
On Twitter yesterday, after Britain leapt up the Olympic medal table, 19-year-old Liam said: “Good day for Team GB! Hopefully we can give people something to cheer about.”
Scores of supporters have taken to the social networking site to back Liam, currently ranked number one table tennis player in England.
James McMillan tweeted: “Very good luck today mate. Can’t believe how far you’ve come! Everybody’s cheering you on so let’s have it.”
Melanie Graham said: “Be inspired!”
Lauren Wilson added: “Do Chesterfield and Britain proud! Do your best and smash it!”
Mel Buxton, who coached Liam from the age of eight, has his fingers crossed.
A leading light with the Colin Deaton Table Tennis Academy, Mel said: “We all want Liam to do well.
“He has a brilliant temperament – when he was under pressure that is when he moves up a gear and goes for his shots.”
Former Netherthorpe School student Liam won two medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and further demonstrated his potential at the European Championships where he beat four players ranked in the world top 100.
Liam was nominated for selection to Team GB by the British Table Tennis Federation, the National Governing Body for table tennis in the UK, in May.