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    Heather Frederiksen winning gold at Paralympics London 2012 on commemorative Gold Medal stamp
    4 September 2012
    Heather Frederiksen's win celebrated with ParalympicsGB Gold Medal stamp
  • Royal Mail will have available tomorrow a gold medal stamp to celebrate  Heather Frederiksen’s gold medal win in the Swimming: Women’s 100m Backstroke, S8
  • The stamps will be on sale in over 500 Post Office branches, including in Heather’s hometown of Leigh, Lancashire.
  • This is the 20th gold medal stamp Royal Mail has produced for ParalympicsGB
  • Royal Mail will also paint one of its historic red post boxes gold in Heather’shometown of Leigh, Lancashire.

Royal Mail has produced a stamp to honour Heather’s gold medal triumph in the Swimming: Women’s 100m Backstroke, S8 and it will be available in Post Offices across the country from tomorrow.

Royal Mail is delighted to be issuing these very special gold medal stamps to recognise our Paralympic champions. This will be the first time ever that a set of stamps has been issued to celebrate Paralympic gold medallists from the host country. On 29 August, Royal Mail became the first postal administration whose country is hosting the Games to issue a set of stamps to celebrate the start of the Paralympic Games.

The stamps will be on sale from tomorrow in over 500 Post Offices across the UK. Residents of Heather’s home town of Leigh will be able to buy the stamps in Leigh Post Office, Silk Street, Leigh, WN7 1AA.

Customers can also purchase the stamps from tomorrow at and from Royal Mail’s customer service centre on 08457 641 641 located at Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 PPB.

An additional 4,700 post offices will receive the Gold medal stamps within a week.

Stamp visual of Heather Frederiksen is available from:

Royal Mail Group Press Office
100 Victoria Embankment
Tel: 020 7250 2468

Notes to Editors

  • For more information and the full list of the Post Office branches selling 2012 Gold medal stamps visit
  • To find your nearest branch selling London 2012 gold medal stamps, select the branch finder option.  Enter your postcode or town and select “Paralympic Priority Gold Stamps or Paralympic Weekly Gold Stamps” from the service required drop-down menu.
  • The ParalympicsGB gold medal stamps are presented for purchase as a sheet of two First Class stamps for £1.20. The sheet carries additional information on the winning athlete or athletes.  The stamps can also be bought individually at Post Offices for the standard 60p First Class price.
  • For information on Royal Mail’s range of Olympic and Paralympic stamps visit
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  • Royal Mail has showcased all the sports disciplines that will be seen in this summer’s Games in three sets of stamps counting down to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • At the Beijing 2008 Games ParalympicsGB won 42 gold medals. 
  • Australia Post was the first postal service to issue gold medal stamps to mark home team Olympic victories in 2000, with Hellenic Post in Greece following suit in 2004.
  • At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, China Post issued a stamp product to mark each Chinese Gold medal win. This was a sheet of stamps with labels attached and an image of the winning athlete was printed on the labels. This was repeated for all Gold medal wins.
  • More recently, Canada Post issued a stamp featuring an image of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games gold medal.  This was issued to mark the first time a Canadian had won an Olympic gold medal on home territory.