The London Olympics and Paralympics was an enormous event for everyone across the UK.

For some it was even more memorable, including Herefordshire paralympians Josie Pearson, and husband and wife swimmers Sascha and Nyree Kindred.

The Kindred's both won silver medals at the games, held in August and September in 2012.

Sascha Kindred added to his three previous Paralympic golds with a silver in the men's SM6 200m individual medley, while wife Nyree also won silver in Team GB's first medal in the pool when she was second in the S6 100 metres backstroke.


Miss Pearson went one better when she struck gold in the F51/52/53 discus on Friday, September 7.

Ten years on from her amazing victory, Miss Pearson remembers an incredible time both for her and for the country as a whole.

Miss Pearson, from Cusop, near Hay-on-Wye, said she still remembers it vividly.

She said: "I actually can't believe it's ten years ago already, it feels like everything happened yesterday.

"We were all so lucky to experience a home Olympic Games, and to come away with a gold medal to show for it was just the icing on the cake.

Miss Pearson, unsurprisingly cites the winning moment in London as the "highlight of her life" and something that she will never forget.

"The London games was amazing for me and for Paralympic sport in general.

The stadium was absolutely packed and it must have been over 95 per cent of people there were cheering us all on. It was so special and I will cherish it forever.

Miss Pearson said the first thing anyone asks when meeting her is to see her medal but that she will never tire of talking about it.

As a reminder of her achievement, Miss Pearson was honoured with a gold post box in Hay-on-Wye, along with others who won gold medals in the games, including Sir Andy Murray and Sir Chris Hoy.

She said: "It was such a nice thing to have the moment remembered in such a way.

"Even now, I get notifications on Instagram from people having selfies next to my post box, its a lovely reminder."