South West Wales

Paralympian Ellie Simmonds Swansea gold postbox honour

The postbox on Trawler Road at Swansea marina has been painted gold
Image caption The postbox on Trawler Road at Swansea marina has been painted gold

A postbox in Swansea has been painted gold to honour double Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds.

The 17-year-old, who is based in the city, won her second gold of the 2012 Paralympics with a world record in the SM6 200m individual medley on Monday.

It adds to the S6 400m freestyle title she defended earlier in the Games.

She will also have stamps produced for each win, while a postbox in her birthplace of Walsall was painted to mark her first gold medal.

The postbox is on Trawler Road, in Swansea marina.

Image caption Ellie Simmonds is the fourth Paralympian to appear on two gold medal stamps

Simmonds is the fourth member of ParalympicsGB to appear on two gold medal stamps, following wins by Sarah Storey, Sophie Christiansen, and Natasha Baker.

She is aiming for more gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle, and will be hoping to add yet more to the two she picked up in Beijing in 2008 as a 13-year-old.

The Olchfa school pupil relocated to Swansea with her mother at the age of 11 so she could be trained by coach Billy Pye in the city's 50-metre pool.

But her father, brother and three sisters remained in the West Midlands and she continues to travel back on weekends to visit them.

Image caption This post box in Aldridge, Walsall, has already been painted gold

The Royal Mail is issuing stamps for all gold medal-winning Paralympians, as they did for the Olympians.

The stamps will be available within five working days at 500 post office branches around the UK.

An additional 4,700 post offices will receive the gold medal stamps within a week and they can also be purchased online.

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