Stamp of approval for Disley’s golden girl

Royal Mail's gold medal stamp featuring Sarah Storey. Photo contributed.
Royal Mail's gold medal stamp featuring Sarah Storey. Photo contributed.

A POST box has been painted gold in Sarah Storey’s home village of Disley to honour her medal triumph at the Paralympic Games.

Storey became ParalympicGB’s first gold medal winner of the 2012 Games by successfully defending her women’s C5 Individual Pursuit title.

In honour of her triumph, Royal Mail has painted one of its historic red post boxes gold in her village, outside The White Lion pub, on Buxton Road.

Pub tenant Martin McKeown described Storey’s gold medal-winning exploits as “absolutely magnificent” and “a triumph of human spirit”.

“I’m really delighted that something has been done in the village in recognition,” he added.

Special gold medal stamps featuring the 34-year-old Paralympian have also gone on sale.

A spokesperson for Royal Mail said: “Residents of Sarah’s home town of Disley will be able to buy the stamps in the Post Office on Market Street.”

Also marking Storey’s medal win, animal charity Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has announced it will name one of its cats in her honour.

Storey, who was born with a partly formed left hand, stormed to victory yesterday (Thursday) in the final of the C5 Individual Pursuit, catching her Polish opponent Anna Harkowska just after half-way of the 3km distance. She had earlier smashed her own world record during qualifying.

Storey’s 19th Paralympic medal is the eighth gold of her career and her third since she switched disciplines from swimming to cycling in 2005. As a swimmer, she won five gold, eight silver and three bronze medals.