A post box in Carshalton has been painted gold in honour of Olympic cycling champion Joanna Rowsell.

The box at the junction of Cambridge Road and Carshalton Road was painted gold by the Royal Mail yesterday after the 23-year-old, along with team mates Dani King, Laura Trott won Olympic gold in the women’s team pursuit in the Velodrome on Saturday night.

The Royal Mail have vowed to paint a post box gold in the home town of every British gold medal winner.

Rowsell, who was a 15-year-old pupil at Nonsuch High School for Girls when a team of scouts discovered her, will also feature on a limited edition stamp.

Royal Mail has promised to issue a stamp bearing a Team GB winner's picture within 24 hours of victory being secured.

Rowsell is pictured on her stamp with her gold medal along with team mates King and Trott.

The stamp will be available in a Sutton post office today.

It will be on wider sale within a week.

Rowsell was born in Carshalton, and currently lives in Cheam.

The olympic champion has been talking about the post box on Twitter.

She said: "Thanks for all the tweets about the golden postbox. Sounds like it is in Carshalton which is where I was born. Not too far from Cheam!"