Posted on 13/09/2012
Paralympian champion and Royal Holloway alumna Sophie Christiansen is to add to her gold haul tomorrow (Friday 14 September) as she puts the finishing touches to a golden post box on the university campus.
The Paralympic Dressage Rider, who graduated with a Maths Masters Degree in 2011, became the first British triple gold medallist of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
A special ceremony is due to be held at Royal Holloway at midday to celebrate Sophie’s sucess and to unveil the golden post box in honour of her achievements, with staff, students, the local community, The Mayor of Runnymede Councillor Linda Gillham and pupils from local schools invited to attend.
Royal Mail, which pledged to paint its iconic red post boxes gold this summer to celebrate every Team GB gold medal win, will begin painting the post box outside the College shop, opposite the Windsor Building from 8am and Sophie will paint the final stroke of gold paint at around noon.
Sophie, who became an Honorary Fellow of the College in May, has cerebral palsy and started riding at the age of six with the Riding for the Disabled Association. She competed in the Beijing Paralympic Games, where she won two gold medals, while studying at Royal Holloway and was a member of the College’s Student Talented Athlete Recognition Scheme (STARS)