GOLD medallist Helena Lucas snapped up a copy of When the World came to Weymouth and declared the photographs looked brilliant.

The Paralympic star, who sailed to victory at the London 2012 Games, said the glossy souvenir publication brought back a lot of nice memories.

Helena made history as the first Briton to ever claim a gold Paralympic medal in the sport of sailing and beat all her male rivals in the 16-boat 2.4mR keelboat fleet to do so.

The 37-year-old, who lives in Fortuneswell, Portland, with her husband Steve Thomas, said she would treasure her copy of When the World came to Weymouth along with her other mementos from the home Games.

She said: “It’s brilliant actually, really good. The photos look brilliant. They bring back a lot of really nice memories from the Games.”

Helena was able to soak up the Olympic atmosphere in Weymouth and Portland in a break in training ahead of the Paralympic sailing competition.

She said: “It really helped with the surrealness of living here and it being the home Games, getting used to the fact a massive event was on so by the time I got to the Paralympics it felt like second nature.

Dorset Echo editor Toby Granville praised Helena for her achievements and said he was delighted she had enjoyed the new publication.

He added: “Our photographers captured so many great shots of the Olympic and Paralympic festivities in Weymouth and Portland that we wanted to showcase the images and celebrate this unique summer in local history.”

When the World came to Weymouth is a high-quality glossy covered publication that costs £3.95.

The photographic book is available at the Dorset Echo offices on the Granby industrial estate, in Antelope Walk, Dorchester and at the Bridport News office.


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