Etienne Stott: Gold post box marks medal win

Gold post box The post box in St Paul's Square, Bedford, marks Etienne Stott's medal win

Related Stories

A post box has been painted gold to mark the achievement of Olympic gold medal winning canoeist Etienne Stott.

The paintwork was carried out on the box in St Paul's Square in Stott's home town of Bedford.

Stott, and Tim Baillie, from Nottingham, claimed Britain's first ever Olympic gold in the C2 category of the canoe slalom at Lee Valley.

A Gold Medal stamp to celebrate the medal win is also being issued by the Royal Mail - the third of the Games.

Olympics coverage online

Olympics images

Baillie and Stott, ranked sixth in the world, produced an error-free run to take a shock win, with David Florence and Richard Hounslow taking silver.

The British crews were the only pairs not to pick up penalties on their runs to complete Britain's most successful day in the history of the sport.

Stott said: "It's weird. It could have been a disaster and now it's a dream. There is nothing taken for granted in this sport and getting to the final was amazing."

Georgie Preston, Stott's girlfriend, said after Thursday's win: "It's been an incredible day. Tim and Etienne deserve this, it's the proudest moment of my life."

She added: "I've seen him very briefly - but he's too busy kissing his medal."

Stott learned to paddle on the River Great Ouse with St Andrews Scouts. He developed his slalom skills with the Viking Kayak Club.

As well as being an Olympic canoeist, Stott, who has a degree in engineering, is studying to become a psychologist.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Beds, Herts & Bucks



9 °C 1 °C


  • Firth of Forth bridgeWhat came Firth?

    How the Forth was crossed before the famous bridge

  • Petrol pumpPumping up

    Why are petrol prices rising again?

  • Image of George from Tube CrushTube crush

    How London's male commuters set Chinese hearts racing

  • Elderly manSuicide decline

    The number of old people killing themselves has fallen. Why?

  • TricycleTreasure trove

    The lost property shop stuffed with diamonds, bikes... and a leg

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.