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The ParalympicsGB dressage champion visited Royal Holloway, University of London, on Friday to add the finishing touches to the Royal Mail postbox, the third in the area that has turned from red to gold in honour of the horse riding star’s achievements.
As she arrived at the Egham Hill college, the London 2012 star was welcomed by a horde of flag-waving, cheering schoolchildren from both St Cuthbert’s and St Jude’s schools, who had been given time out of the classroom to see her.
Christiansen, from Sunningdale, said: “It’s amazing to have a postbox painted gold at the place where I spent most of my academic life, it’s incredible.”
Asked how she felt about getting three gold medals in one Games, she replied: “Not sounding big-headed but I knew I was capable, but I did not want to make a big thing of it before I got there.
“In sport you never know what’s going to happen, it’s so unpredictable.”
As Christiansen finished painting the postbox, RHUL principal Paul Layzell addressed the crowd to commend the alumna’s achievement.
Speaking later, he said: “It’s fantastic, and the first Paralympian in this round to get three gold medals as well, so we’re pretty proud of her, particularly on the back of her success in both Beijing and Athens.
“She’s also one of a group of Paralympians from RHUL, including Helene Raynsford the rower who competed in Beijing and Gaz Choudhry from this year’s wheelchair basketball team, so we’re very proud.”
The Mayor of Runnymede, Councillor Linda Gillham, said: “It is a fantastic achievement and even better that she is from our own university. It is wonderful that we can celebrate her success here today.”