London 2012: Paralympian Marc Woods names high-speed train

  • 10 July 2012
  • From the section England
Javelin train at St Pancras
Image caption The Javelin trains will run a shuttle service between Ebbsfleet International and St Pancras via the Olympic Park

A high-speed Southeastern Javelin train has been named after a four-time Paralympic gold medallist.

Former European and world champion Marc Woods named the train, which will run between Ebbsfleet International and St Pancras during the London 2012 games.

The first of the 29 Javelin trains was named after double-gold Olympic medallist Dame Kelly Holmes.

Marc Woods has won 12 Paralympic medals from five games and is an ambassador for the London Olympics.

He said: "This is truly a great honour. I've spent years swimming up and down the pool trying to be the best I could be and pursuing the path to gold.

"I never expected to see my name on the side of a Javelin train."

Mr Woods has been working with staff at Southeastern on the importance of transport for athletes competing at the Games.

At the age of 17, he had his left leg amputated because of cancer and during his swimming career he won 21 medals from European and world championships, as well achieving Paralympic success.

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