Paralympic Games 2012

The Mayor of London has hailed the 300-strong London 2012 ParalympicsGB team as Britain’s ‘best ever’. We look at some of the West County's medal hopefuls.

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Bronze medals for Prescott and Whorwood

Great Britain's Gemma Prescott during the women's club throw F31/32/51 competition where she won a bronze medal. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

It's been a good day for the West Country's paralympic athletes. Truro's Gemma Prescott won a bronze medal in the Women's Club Throw event.

In the pool, Matt Whorwood, who's also from Truro, has just won bronze in the Men's 400 metre freestyle S6 final.

Tonight, Anthony Stephens from Somerset will be hoping for a medal in the final of the Men's 200 metre S5 event. He finished second in his heat earlier.


One to watch: Newquay's Ben Procter

James Crisp, Jonathan Fox and Ben Procter Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Ben Procter will swim in the heats of the men's 100m backstroke this morning.

London 2012 will be his first Paralympic Games.

Although the 22-year-old Newquay boy now trains in Manchester, until last year he swam at Newquay Cormorants and Truro City. He's also an honorary member of Saddleworth Swimming Club, where he first started swimming.

Ben secured the second fastest time of his career at the 2012 British Swimming Championships in London where he went on to win silver in the 200m Freestyle.

Check out more of the Westcountry's athletes here:

Postbox to be painted gold in honour of Jonathan Fox

Britain's Jonathan Fox celebrates winning gold in the men's 100m Backstroke S7 Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/Press Association Images

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.

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