Posted on 13/09/2012
Royal Holloway alumna Sophie Christiansen MBE, who became the first British triple gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, is being honoured with a golden post box on the College campus in recognition of her outstanding achievements.
The dressage star, who grew up in Sunningdale and studied a maths masters degree here, graduating in 2011, has already had a post box in London Road, Sunningdale painted gold, as well as one in Maidenhead - where Sophie now lives - in the town's High Street. This is in recognition of her three gold medals in the team, individual and freestyle dressage events at London 2012.
Royal Mail will begin painting the post box outside the College shop opposite the Windsor Building from 8am tomorrow (Friday). Staff and students are being invited to a small ceremony at 12 noon where the Principal, Professor Paul Layzell will say a few words and Sophie will paint the final stroke of the paint box for a photo call.
Royal Mail has pledged to paint their iconic red post boxes gold this summer to celebrate every Team GB and Paralympics GB gold medal win, in the home town of the winning athlete. It’s the first time since 1874 that Royal Mail has altered the colour of its mail boxes and they won’t stay gold forever and will be re-painted traditional red in due course.