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Paralympic heroes at the Lane

Posted on 24 September 2012  - 13:42

Paralympic gold medallists and Spurs fans Pam Relph and Richard Whitehead were guests of the club at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Paralympic heroes at the Lane

The champions received a standing ovation when they were introduced to the fans at half-time of the 2-1 win against QPR.

Pam was part of the mixed coxed fours rowing team that won gold at Eton Dorney while Richard provided one of the performances of the Olympic summer, storming through the field to take gold in the 200m (T42) at the Olympic Stadium.

"For me, being in a city I love, for many reasons including football, it was great to deliver that kind of performance in front of family, friends and no doubt many fellow Spurs fans in the stadium," reflected Richard, who switched from the marathon to 200m at the Paralympics.

"The public were right behind me and inspired me to keep pushing.

"Due to training commitments, it's not often I get the chance to come down to White Hart Lane. I'm based in the Midlands, so I do my best to watch the Midlands games, but this is my home of football and I'm delighted to be here."

Pam added: "It was such a proud moment to represent my country and to have come away with a gold medal is unbelievable.

"There were tens of thousands of people down at Eton Dorney and we knew 90 per cent of them were there to cheer us on. It was an amazing experience.

"We were the last race of the day, I knew we were ready and no-one was going to take that away from us.

"I feel quite lucky, it's my first time at White Hart Lane and being able to bring my dad along, he's the biggest Spurs fan I know."