Paralympian swimmer Jonathan Fox, who raised the roof at London 2012 when he won the 100m backstroke, returned to St Austell today where he grew up.
Richard Lawrence reports:
Paralympian Jonathan Fox from St Stephen in Cornwall has made it through to the finals of the 100m S7 Freestyle. He placed 2nd in the heats with a personal best.
Ian Russel, Paralympic gold medallist Jonathan Fox's former swimming coach at the Newquay Comorants.
A post box in gold medallist Jonathan Fox's hometown of St Stephen, near St Austell will be painted gold today.
Fox, 21, took home the gold in the men's S7 100m backstroke yesterday. He was always favourite to win, after breaking the world record in his qualifying race.
Although Fox now lives in Manchester, he grew up in Cornwall and used to swim with the Newquay Cormorants.
Individual first class stamps celebrating Jonathan's success are also being produced. The stamps will be on sale in around 500 dedicated Post Offices across the UK from tomorrow [Saturday] and at another 4,700 branches thereafter.
The UK is the first country to paint post boxes gold to celebrate Paralympics gold medal wins.
Cornish swimmer Jonathan Fox will be hoping to bring some gold to the West Country tomorrow [Thursday]. The 21-year-old will compete in the men's S7 100m backstroke on the opening day of events.
Jonathan was introduced to the sport in 2001, at a Regional Disability Swimming meeting. He trains with both the Newquay Comorants and at Manchester HPC. London will be his second Paralympic Games.
"I think Beijing was amazing but now we have swum in the Aquatics Centre and experienced the atmosphere with less than half the audience, I think I'll be ecstatic to walk out in front of that crowd at London 2012.”
Tomorrow’s event is Jonathan’s favourite event, in which he won a silver in Beijing.