NCT honours local Olympic heros
Nottingham City Transport has named two of its buses after local gold medalists from the Rio Olympics, with a number 8 bus named after Nottingham’s gold-winning hockey hero Helen Richardson-Walsh and a Pathfinder 100 bus after gold-winning T42 champion Richard Whitehead.
In recognition of Helen’s achievement - scoring one of the penalties that secured Olympic gold for Team GB for the very first time in its history - NCT’s number 8 was a fitting choice, as not only is 8 the number on Helen’s team shirt, but the Green Line number 8 is also regularly caught by Helen’s mum who still lives in West Bridgford.
“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,” says 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.”
Richardson-Walsh adds: “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.”
A Pathfinder 100 bus was also unveiled to honour the achievements of Richard Whitehead, who lives on the route between Nottingham, Burton Joyce, Lowdham and Southwell.
Whitehead 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, he went on to win his second Paralympic gold medal in the event at the Rio Games, as well as silver in the T42 100m.