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12:09 Wednesday 05 September 2012  Written by Justin Burns

Postbox painted gold to celebrate Paralympian Sophie Christiansen

The postbox outside the post office in London Road
The postbox outside the post office in London Road

Former Sunningdale schoolgirl Sophie Christiansen's golden equestrian achievements have been marked with the painting of a gold postbox.

The Royal Mail painted a box outside the post office in London Road yesterday to celebrate the 24-year-old's three gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics.

The Cerebral Palsy sufferer, who was educated at Charters School, won in the individual test championship, team championship and freestyle dressage events on her horse Janeiro.

Her achievements have also been marked with the releasing of commemorative first-class stamps with her photo on, which went on sale the same day.

Co-headteachers at Charters, Richard Pilgrim and Martyn Parker, who both taught Sophie, said she is an 'ambassador' for the school and pops back in regularly.

In a joint statement, they said: "We have a number of pupils who have disabilities at Charters and she is a real model for them and they all look up to her."

Sophie lived in Sunningdale for most of her life, where her family still reside, but moved to Boyn Hill Road, in Maidenhead, in January.

Sophie is due to choose today or tomorrow where she wants a second golden postbox to be located.
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