Postbox painted gold to honour Swansea Paralympian Ellie Simmonds
A postbox will be painted gold in Swansea's marina to honour Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds today.
The Olchfa Comprehensive School pupil claimed her second gold of London 2012 when she won the SM6 200 metres individual medley last night.
Ellie, 17, won her first gold medal in the 400m freestyle on Saturday when she produced a world-class swim and smashed her personal best by more than five seconds to clock 5:19.17.
A postbox was painted gold in honour of Ellie in Aldridge, Walsall, where most of the family lives, and painting of the postbox on Trawler Road will get underway at 10am this morning.
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A commemorative Ellie Simmonds stamp has also been issued.
Ellie and her mother Val, who lives with her in Swansea and travels back to Aldridge at weekends, moved from their home in Walsall because it did not have any 50m swimming pools to join coach Billy Pye's elite team at the Wales National Pool in Swansea.
“We did the first one in Aldridge, where she grew up, yesterday, and she chose the one here because she trains in Swansea at the Wales National Pool,” Royal Mail spokeswoman Val Bodden said today.
"It means she will drive by it twice a day because there is only one way in and out of the marina.
"We've got our own map of where all Royal Mail postboxes are situated, we then looked it up on Google Maps and showed her an image of the box.
She added: “The boxes themselves are repainted every three years and this one will be looked after and maintained like all the rest.”
Ellie is in the pool again later today with a third chance of striking gold.