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Midlands strikes Gold, Silver and Bronze for World Championships

The World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships are being held in London this summer but the medals the lucky winners will be getting have been struck right here in the West Midlands.

The process takes place in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, our reporter Amy Lewis went to see them take shape and sent this video report:

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Nottingham woman first to solo stand-up paddle board across the Channel

Credit: Lizzie Carr.

Lizzie Carr from Nottingham has become the first female in history to solo stand up paddle board across the English Channel.

Setting off from Dungeness in Kent, at 7.15am yesterday Lizzie paddled solidly for over seven hours to complete the exhausting crossing, reaching Boulogne, France at 2.15pm.

Commenting on completing the 24-mile crossing, Lizzie explained:

“I’m thrilled to have completed this challenge. It seems very surreal that I set off from England this morning and have arrived in France by the afternoon!I left Dungeness with two dolphins dancing round my board and finished in Boulogne with a Sea Lion staring me in the face - if that's not the sign of a great day then I don't know what is! Whilst I feel very proud of the achievement, the driving force for me has always been the bigger environmental story about plastic pollution in our oceans and creating as much awareness about this as I can.”

– Lizzie Carr.

During today’s channel crossing Lizzie collected water samples for micro plastic analysis as part of her #PlasticPatrol initiative, designed highlight how 80% of marine debris comes from inland sources.

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