Special London Underground map celebrating Team GB Paralympic success released
Friday, 16 November 2012
November 16 - A special edition of the iconic London Underground Tube map, featuring ParalympicsGB's medal winning athletes in place of station names, has gone on sale today as a tribute to Britain's success at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The map, of which just 2,012 print copies are available from Transport for London (TfL), celebrates the achievements of all the 97 athletes and five horses who contributed to ParalympicsGB's medal haul, and follows on from the Team GB Olympic medallists map released in September 2012.
"London's transport network supported the biggest and best Paralympics in history, with many of the athletes favouring London's accessible public transport system over their official vehicles," Peter Hendy, London's Transport Commissioner, said.
"So it's apt to commemorate the success of ParalympicsGB through this unique piece of sporting memorabilia which can be enjoyed for many years to come."
Designed by sports journalists Alex Trickett and David Brooks, the map groups athletes from various sporting disciplines on different lines, with athletics taking pride of place on the Circle line.
Nevertheless, Britain's monumental success in sports such as cycling and swimming meant that athletes had to be allocated multiple lines, with the medal-winning cyclists, for instance, representing both the Central and Hammersmith & City lines.
"The Paralympic medallists map was, in some respects, the hardest of the three Games maps we've designed to put together because so many medals were won in relatively few sports," Trickett said.
"It was a challenge, but we've managed to capture the fantastic success of the ParalympicsGB athletes after a truly spectacular summer of sport."
Cyclist Sarah Storey, Britain's most decorated female Paralympian with 11 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals across an impressive six Games, is given the well-deserved honour of representing the gateway to the Olympic Park – Stratford station.
Swimmer Ellie Simmonds, who won two golds in London as well as setting a world record in the S6 400 metres freestyle, is placed at another key entry-point to London 2012, West Ham.
Appropriately, Wimbledon station is named after wheelchair tennis veteran Peter Norfolk, who won the silver medal in the men's quad doubles with Andy Lapthorne.
The map highlights London 2012 Paralympic gold medallists, and "star" Paralympians who have won four or more gold medals in their careers.
"Throughout the magnificent summer of Paralympic achievement, we witnessed how public transport in London has become more accessible than ever," Baroness Grey-Thompson, Paralympic gold medal winner, former world record holder and TfL Board member said.
"I'm sure many will enjoy this memento of all the hard work and talent that we saw during the London 2012 Paralympic Games."
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