A telecommunications box in Stand-on-the-Green has been painted gold to celebrate the achievements of ParalympicsGB at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The gesture follows a nationwide campaign by Virgin Media, who are partnered with ParalympicsGB, which encouraged the nation to cheer on Britain’s Paralympians as no fans, friends, family or loved ones could travel to Japan to watch the games in person.
Many other broadband cabinets around the country have similarly been painted gold to celebrate the team’s success, including in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Loughborough and Stoke Mandeville – the birthplace of the Paralympic Games.
A spokesperson from Virgin Media told The Chiswick Calendar the Strand-on-the-Green cabinet is the only one in London which has been painted gold, chosen specifically ‘for its location and lovely back drop.’
ParalympicsGB athlete Thomas Young is from London and won a gold medal in athletics. He attended the unveiling of the cabinet and had this to say:
“It’s a real honour that Virgin Media has recognised the achievements of ParalympicsGB in this way and to be unveiling the gold cabinet in London is an enormous privilege. With no spectators in Tokyo, the support of fans back at home meant so much to all athletes taking part in Tokyo and definitely spurred us all on to perform at our very best.”
He later posted this on Twitter:
Virgin Media thinking outside the box 🎨🖌
— Thomas Young (@thomasyoungt38) September 10, 2021
ParalympicsGB ‘rewrote the record books’, says Chief Exec
ParalympicsGB racked up a whopping 124 medals, taking second place in the overall medals table and winning medals in more sports than any nation has ever achieved at Paralympic Games.
Out of the 226 athletes representing ParalympicsGB in Tokyo, 183 of these athletes were from England.
Mike Sharrock, Chief Executive of ParalympicsGB, said:
“ParalympicsGB rewrote the record books at Tokyo 2020 with countless incredible performances to inspire and unite the nation. Painting these cabinets gold is a fitting tribute to the excellence and resilience of the athletes who competed in Tokyo and a wonderful way for the British public to have a lasting reminder of what they achieved.
“Tokyo 2020 was the most complex Games we have ever been involved in but also one that demonstrated the incredible impact these athletes can have in challenging perceptions of disability and proving that they truly are Impossible to Ignore.”
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