Should Paralympic Gold Medallists Get A Stamp Each?
NOTE: Since this article was written, the Royal Mail has since reversed its decision not to produce individual stamps for gold medal winning Paralympians. Read about it here.
This morning it was revealed that Paralympic gold medallists – unlike their Olympic counterparts – will not be getting a Royal Mail commemorative stamp each to commemorate their achievement at London 2012.
But the official response from the British Paralympic Association is that they’re “happy,” with the arrangement – blaming their own predicted high medal tally for making it “logistically and practically impossible for Royal Mail to produce an individual stamp for every one of the gold medallists for ParalympicsGB.”
It may not be practical – but is it fair?
In Beijing 2008 the ParalympicsGB team bagged a whopping 42 gold medals between them – and this time around they’re expected to do even better. At the time of writing, the GB Olympic team have scored 22 gold medals – just over half of ParalympicsGB’s Beijing tally – so how many more medals does the Olympic team have to win at London 2012 before it becomes “logistically and practically impossible,” to produce individual stamps for all of them too? What’s the cut off number?
And if 42 individual stamps is too many, then what would be a better way to commemorate individual achievements at the Paralympics that’s still as thoroughly British as a Royal Mail stamp?
A new range of potato crisps or teabags or bowler hats? What if we renamed each of the UK’s 50 motorways after a gold medal winning Paralympian? Or better yet, the UK’s 66 cities?
There’s no doubt that the London 2012 Paralympic Games will ignite this country’s passion for disability sport like never before, but it’s the little things – like stamps – that’ll help preserve its legacy in the hearts and minds of the British public when it’s over.
If you have any better ideas for how to commemorate individual achievements at the Paralympics, let us know by leaving a comment!