Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Stamp honour for Paralympic winners

Tanni Grey-Thompson, 11-time Paralympic gold medallist, promotes stamps depicting every British athlete who wins gold at the London Paralympics
Tanni Grey-Thompson, 11-time Paralympic gold medallist, promotes stamps depicting every British athlete who wins gold at the London Paralympics

Every British athlete who wins gold at the London 2012 Paralympics will appear on a stamp to be issued weeks after their victory, Royal Mail has announced .

The set of six first class stamps, showing groups of winners, will be the first time that a stamp will celebrate homegrown Paralympic champions.

Apart from the London 2012 Paralympics logo and the Queen's head, the look of the stamp has not been confirmed as the winners have yet to be crowned.

The six-pack will cost £3.60 and go on sale from September 27 to December 31. The Paralympics run from August 29 to September 9.

This is the quickest turnover that Royal Mail could manage amid hopes that ParalympicsGB may repeat the medal success of the 42 golds it won at Beijing 2008 to come second in the medals table.

The Royal Mail is also handing over £200,000 which will be split equally between the ParalympicsGB gold medallists. This summer's Paralympics, which can be traced back to a competition for the war-wounded at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1948, are heading back home for the first time.

Baroness Grey-Thompson, Britain's 11-time Paralympic athletics champion, said: "I'm delighted that Royal Mail will be producing stamps to celebrate the nation's gold medals at the Paralympic Games this summer. Royal Mail stamps have become an integral part of the Paralympic legacy in the UK.

"The return of the Paralympic Games to the UK makes it an even more special event and I look forward to celebrating every win with the team."

British Paralympic Association chief executive Tim Hollingsworth said: "Commemorating our gold medallists' achievements on a set of stamps is a first in the history of the Paralympic Games. It is a fitting tribute which demonstrates how far the movement has come in recent times."

Royal Mail's chief executive Moya Greene described the stamps as "a wonderful way" for the nation to celebrate ParalympicsGB's "amazing achievement".

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