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Golden boy Richard Whitehead to have Pathfinder 100 bus named in his honour after Paralympic heroics


Paralympic hero Richard Whitehead has been honoured for clinching his second gold medal at the recent games in Rio by having a bus named after him.

Nottingham City Transport yesterday unveiled their new Pathfinder 100 bus which will now be named after the Paralympian, who also added a silver medal to his haul during the competition.

The bus has been renamed to honour the remarkable achievements of Whitehead, who lives on the route between Nottingham, Burton Joyce, Lowdham and Southwell.

Richard is a world record holder in full and half marathons and the current Paralympic, World and European Champion in the T42 200m. Having successfully defended his T42 200m World and European titles in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

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Richard went on to win his second Paralympic Gold medal in the event at the Rio Games. Four days later Richard added Paralympic silver to his Rio medal haul, crossing the line joint second in a dramatic T42 100m final.

At the bus unveiling, Richard said: “It’s an honour to be recognised by my local community and hopefully will be a reminder that if you are determined then anything is possible.”

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West Bridgford Olympian Helen Richardson-Walsh was also honoured for clinching gold at the games in Rio  – with NCT’s number 8 now being named after her.

Both named buses were centre stage at Nottinghamshire’s celebration of local Olympic and Paralympic athletes which took place at the East Midlands Conference Centre on the afternoon of 16 October, with Helen and Richard arriving on the buses with their fellow team mates who live in the county.

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NCT’s marketing manager Anthony Carver-Smith said: “Naming our buses to celebrate Helen and Richard after their achievements in Rio is our way of highlighting how proud we are of our local gold medalists.

“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.”

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