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Helen-Richardson-Walsh and her new bus

For Helen Richardson-Walsh, international gold medals are a bit like buses: She waited 13 years for one, then two came along at once. It is therefore rather appropriate that this past weekend, the European and Olympic gold medal winner had a bus named after her by Nottingham City Transport.

Nottingham paid homage to two of their Olympic heroes, Helen and gold-winning T42 champion Richard Whitehead by naming buses after them.

Fittingly, Helen’s bus is the Number 8, the same number she wears on her shirt and wonderfully, the bus that her mother, still a resident in West Bridgford, regularly uses.

“As she was brought up in Nottingham and played for West Bridgford Hockey Club, naming our number 8 after her was the perfect way of congratulating Helen on her amazing Olympic win!” said Nottingham City Transport Marketing Manager, Anthony Carver-Smith. “It gives us added pleasure knowing that Helen’s mum also regularly travels on what will now be her daughter’s very own bus!”

Helen Richardson-Walsh, speaking at the grand unveiling said:

“I am honoured and thrilled to have a bus named after me in a place that will always be close to my heart. I will be forever thankful for the people of Nottingham, and the great city for giving me the best possible start to my life and sporting career, and I’m delighted to be able to share the success of our Olympic Gold with you all.”

Both named buses were part of Nottinghamshire’s celebration of local Olympic and Paralympic athletes which took place at the East Midlands Conference Centre on the afternoon of 16 October.

Carver-Smith added, “Both Helen and Richard are a credit to Nottinghamshire and the newly-named buses will remind our customers and people across the City of those very special gold-winning days in Rio!”

Not bad. Olympic Champion. European Champion, having a bus named after her. How many people can say that?!

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For the full story, visit the Nottingham City Transport website.