McKillop helps paint gold post box

Published Monday, 17 September 2012
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Double gold medallist Michael McKillop has helped the Royal Mail paint a post box to mark his achievements at the Paralympics.

McKillop helps paint gold post box
Michael McKillop puts his painting skills to the test. (© @Mckillop21)

McKillop, who is from Glengormley, lent a hand at Sandyknowes Roundabout on Monday morning as the mail box was transformed in his honour.

"Putting my painting skills to the test," he tweeted, along with a photo of him holding a paint roller beside the still drying box.

"My golden post box, thanks @RoyalMail."

McKillop raced his way to T37 1500m and 800m victory at London 2012 and was also named the male athlete who best embodies the spirit of the Games.

His post box is the second to be painted in Northern Ireland, after fellow double champion Jason Smyth's hometown Eglinton received the honour last week.

A box will also be painted in Seaforde for swimming gold medallist Bethany Firth.

The Royal Mail tribute had originally been for Team GB Olympians and Paralympians only, but it was extended to NI athletes representing Team Ireland, following public outcry.

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