Today’s Paralympics have produced three more gold medals for our British athletes in a mix of disciplines ranging from riding, swimming and athletics. Every day I watch some of the Paralympics I’m amazed at the athletic abilities and if you missed the high jump then it’s a must to take a look at it on a replay.
First up today we’ve got the Royal Mail gold medal stamp to celebrate David Weir’s T54 5000m wheelchair race and David’s gold post box will be in his hometown of Wallington, Surrey. Watch out for David performing again in the Men’s T54 1500m as well as the marathon.
Natasha Baker Equestrian: Individual Freestyle Test Grade II
You’ll be able to buy Natasha’s second gold medal stamp close to her home in Hayes at the Post Office on 570 Uxbridge Road by tomorrow and in 500 other Post Offices around the country by the end of the week. Natasha will also have a second pillar box painted gold in her honour.
Ellie Simmonds Women’s SM6 200m Individual Medley
Undaunted by the advantage taller competitors have over her in the diving start, Ellie just gets down to the business of swimming starting and the back and overhauling the field one by one, Oh and in typical Ellie style today’s gold medal win was in yet another world record time.
On Ellie’s request (which was also echoed by Tamebay readers) her second gold pillar box will be in Swansea where she lives and trains. Ellie will also be honoured with a second gold medal stamp which will be on sale in Post Offices this week including Post Offices in Ellie’s hometown of Aldridge, Walsall, and The Quadrant Shopping Centre in Swansea.
Mickey Bushell 100m T53 sprint
The wheelchair sprint has to be one of the most exciting of the athletics events, mainly because it’s over so quickly. Today Mickey raised the bar with yet another British Paralympic record of 14.75s. The roar of the 80,000 strong crowd in the Olympic Stadium was loud enough on the TV, it must be ear shattering in the actual stadium and certainly nothing was held back by either the spectators nor the athletes racing for the finish.
We’ll get a picture of Mickey as soon as it’s available and to go with a gold medal stamp Royal Mail will also be knocking the lid off yet another tin of gold paint to decorate a post box in Mickey’s honour.