Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Gold for Fearless Foxy

Jonathan Fox
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

11:45am 31st August 2012
(Updated 11:45am 31st August 2012)

A Cornishman has got GB's first swimming gold of the Paralympics.

Jonathan Fox from St Stephen broke a world record in the heats, then won the men's hundred metres backstroke S7.

That is even though he admits his legs began to give up towards the end.

Pirate FM has learnt he prepares by solving a Rubik's cube, and he can do that in ninety seconds, marginally longer than the seventy seconds it took him to race to a medal.

The swimmer who has cerebral palsy said: "At the turn for 50 I was feeling good but by about 75 my legs blew up,” he said. “There’s always that thing in your mind when you see someone in lane five snipping back at you and you’re dying inside, and you just want to finish. I stuck it through and hit the wall first.

“It comes around every four years and you just want to stop time for a second and feel the atmosphere.”

He has another chance to pick up a medal in the 400m Freestyle next Thurday. The omens are good; he is already the world record holder: “I’ve got more races but that’s a good start. My next main event is the 400 and I want to do my best in that because it’s going to be tough, with new rivals popping up. You never know who’s around the corner.”

A postbox on Fore Street in St Stephen is being painted gold in his honour. It will be the third to be turned gold in the Duchy, and joins the ones in Penzance for Helen Glover and in Restronguet for Ben Ainslie.

Jonathan FoxThe Royal Mail is also releasing a stamp to mark Jon's achievement.

A spokesperson said: "The stamps will be on sale in around 500 dedicated Post Offices across the UK on Saturday and at a further 4,700 branches thereafter.

"The gold medal stamps will be presented for purchase as a sheet of two First Class stamps for £1.20. The sheet carries additional information on the winning athlete or athletes."

We will be able to buy them from Truro's Crown Post Office from Saturday and online here. They will arrive at another 4,700 Post Offices over the next week.

Fearless Foxy's former teacher Russell Lawrance is in charge of sport at Cornwall College. He told Pirate FM: "He has his feet on the ground, a very unassuming young man. He got the offer while he was with us to go and become a professional athlete but he still committed to finish his qualification and I think that speaks volumes about him. Is it a surprise? Absolutely not.

"He went to Beijing really, I think, fresh faced and since then he's worked it out: 'London 2012, this is my time.'"

GB has got seven medals after day one.

On Friday Cornwall has got athletes in the swimming, volleyball and table tennis.

Jonathan Fox

11:45am 31st August 2012

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
helen glover honeymoon

PHOTOS: See What A Cornish Double Gold Medalist Does On Her Honeymoon

Helen Glover and Steve Backshall have been posting some stunning snaps after their Cornish wedding

police 1

Tributes To "Heart Of Gold" Driver After Fatal Crash

Friends are paying tribute to 23 year old online after another fatal crash on Cornwall's roads

Most read
quake 3

WATCH: Earthquake Hits Cornwall

Experts say it is the biggest here in five years

police tape

UPDATE: Further Remains Found After Discovery Of Human Foot

Police are now searching the stream bed in woods near Truro

Top articles

Prime Minister Says Heathrow Expansion Will Be 'Hugely Important' To Cornwall In Duchy Visit

Cornwall News: She met with business leaders and airport bosses in Newquay this morning

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Northern Ireland to deliver ruling over Brexit challenge

National News: Northern Ireland's High Court will deliver judgment today in the first legal challenge to the EU referendum result.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi out of the shadows with New Skin

Showbiz News: The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi has become a frontman for a new band called CRX, but says at first he "struggled to write lyrics".

Antarctica to host the world's largest marine reserve

World News: Scientists are to create the world's largest marine reserve in Antarctica, after years of negotiations.

Hearn still holding talks over AJ opponent

Sports News: Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that talks are ongoing "with a number of fighters" as he edges closer to confirming a challenger for Anthony Joshua.

PHOTO: Are These Oily Legs Or Painted Legs?

Strange News: The optical illusion is dividing the internet

Newer article

Sewer Overflows Making Par like "Bermuda Triangle"

Cornwall News: Angry locals tell Pirate FM they are being forced to use supermarket toilets to avoid flooding

Older article

Cornish Sex Attacker Jailed

Cornwall News: Redruth pensioner who abused a schoolgirl in the 1980s is sentenced

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate 2Pirate Oldies on DAB Digital RadioEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training


© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.


We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.