Carshalton post box marks birthplace of Cheam's Olympic cyclist Joanna Rowsell

Post box marks birthplace of Olympic cyclist

Golden touch: John Joseph puts the final touches to Miss Rowsell's post box

Proud residents: Pennie Meaney, Emma Lawman, Mitchell James and Cameron James check out the golden post box

Golden touch: John Joseph puts the final touches to Miss Rowsell's post box

Golden girls: Joanna Rowsell, Dani King, and Laura Trott

Cycling champions: Joanna Rowsell, Dani King, and Laura Trott

Tom Brake celebrates Rowsell's gold

First published in Sutton Your Local Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A Carshalton post box was painted gold to mark the birthplace of Olympic cyclist, Joanna Rowsell.

The golden post box was painted in Carshalton even though Miss Rowsell grew up in and still lives in Cheam.

Miss Rowsell, 23, said: “I was born in St Helier so when you say place of birth – that’s Carshalton and what the Royal Mail has done is they have painted the post box where everybody was born.

“So for some people they’ve painted the wrong ones – somewhere completely different to where they were brought up.

“Luckily for me it’s not too far away. But I am from Cheam – my parents live on the Nonsuch estate. I’m a Cheam girl.”

The post box at the junction of Cambridge Road and Carshalton Road was given its final lick of paint by the Royal Mail this morning.

The golden post box honours Miss Rowsell's Olympic gold which she won alongside teammates Dani King and Laura Trott in the women's team pursuit in the Velodrome on Saturday night.

Carshalton and Wallington MP, Tom Brake, said: "Joanna’s Olympic performance should serve as an inspiration to young people and encourage them to pursue their sporting dreams."

 

 


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2:22pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Let's hope the gold paint does not also mark the end of our St. Helier District General Hospital Maternity Unit which the out of touch "NHS Bosses" plan to shut so that the winners in future Olympics will have gold post boxes in Tooting.
Let's hope the gold paint does not also mark the end of our St. Helier District General Hospital Maternity Unit which the out of touch "NHS Bosses" plan to shut so that the winners in future Olympics will have gold post boxes in Tooting. Michael Pantlin
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1:42pm Tue 7 Aug 12

Nonsuch Girl says...

The Olympic Torch may not have gone through Cheam, but we now have a gold medal winner for Cycling. That will do me very nicely!
The Olympic Torch may not have gone through Cheam, but we now have a gold medal winner for Cycling. That will do me very nicely! Nonsuch Girl
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