Flintshire couple aiming for glory

Reporter:

Hayley Collins

A COUPLE dreaming of Olympic glory have launched commemorative stamps ahead of the Paralympic Games.

Disabled table tennis players Scott and Claire Robertson, from Saltney, were chosen by Royal Mail to promote its London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic stamps.

The 10 intricately designed first class stamps were issued this week to mark the two-year countdown to the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

Claire and Scott, both 34, say they can’t wait for the Games to begin.

Claire said: “We both love playing table tennis and we have been pretty much all over the world competing.

“We are both hoping to qualify for the Paralympics in London in 2012 and we are practising hard for the World Championships in October in Korea.”

Claire used to be a cross-country champion until she suffered spinal injuries following a road traffic accident 20 years ago.

She took up table tennis and met Scott, originally from Shotton, at a competition in Australia in 1993.

The couple have launched the table tennis stamp, which features a bat and ball and was designed by Michael Craig Martin.

Other stamps in the set, dubbed On Track for 2012, feature Olympic sports including hockey, football and tae kwondo.

Royal Mail spokesman Philip Parker said: “This series of stamps is creating a fascinating montage of the sports which make the Olympics and Paralympics one of the greatest events on the planet.

“In addition to appearing on millions of letters, the stamps also form part of a wonderful sporting collection to celebrate the 30th Olympiad.”

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