19/02/2014 07:38 GMT | Updated 19/02/2014 08:59 GMT

Sochi Winter Olympics: Petition For Lizzy Yarnold Gold Post Box Gathers 15,000 Signatures

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 16: Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain stands with her gold medal and the Union Jack flag after winning the Women's Skelton as she poses for a portrait at the Rosa Khutor mountain village on day 9 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

A petition urging Royal Mail to paint a post box gold to commemorate Lizzy Yarnold’s gold medal winning triumph in the Skeleton Bobsleigh event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi has gathered over 15,000 signatures in 24 hours.

The petition, posted on camapign website by a reporter on Yarnold’s local newspaper, the Sevenoaks Chronicle, appeals to the Royal Mail to give the same accolade to the winter Olympics athlete that was given to the stars of London 2012, in order to show that the UK recognises the success of its athletes.

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Yarnold claimed Britain's 10th ever Winter Olympic gold

Writing on petition starter Sean Paul Doran said: “It isn't right that the Royal Mail refuses to take such a small action which would have a huge impact. We should continue to inspire the next generation of gold medalists and send a message to aspiring young athletes that they can achieve great things too - and that when they do, they will be celebrated for it.”

Judith Yarnold, Lizzy's mum, said: “I was really disappointed when I heard West Kingsdown would not be getting a golden post box. It was a lovely gesture from Royal Mail to paint the post boxes in the hometowns of the London 2012 winners gold. We would absolutely love it if the gesture was extended to Lizzy.

“It’s much more than just celebrating Lizzy’s remarkable achievement – it’s about inspiring the next generation to take up a sport and dedicate themselves to it.”

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