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Bourne jewellers’ gift to mark Jade’s medal glory

The necklace made for Jade Etherington by Crown Jewellers of Bourne EMN-140429-165941001

The necklace made for Jade Etherington by Crown Jewellers of Bourne EMN-140429-165941001

 

A Bourne jeweller has given a special gift to the town’s Paralympic star Jade Etherington to mark her historic medal haul.

Staff at Crown Jewellers in North Street wanted to celebrate the visually-impaired skier’s success at this year’s winter games in Sochi.

They decided the best way to do that would be to give Jade, 23, something she could wear around her neck in place of the four heavy medals she won in March.

So they crafted a delicate glass pendant containing one disc for each of her medals - three silver and one bronze.

Jade, a former Deepings School and Baston Primary School pupil, tweeted pictures of herself with Matt Powell of Crown Jewellers and her new necklace, alongside a thank you to the shop.

Matt, 23, was one of the many people who turned up to see Jade’s civic reception at the corn exchange on March 31. At the time, he said: “I watched as much of the Paralympics as I could. It was brilliant to see the athletes go.

“It’s amazing how much work they need to put in. I can’t even imagine how hard it is for these guys. Jade’s success is well deserved.”

Jade won three silver medals and one bronze in Sochi alongside guide Caroline Powell, making her the most decorated British athlete in a single winter Paralympic games.

Following her success she became the first person to be granted the freedom of the parish of Bourne.

Jade is now finishing her teacher training at Bishop Grosseteste University. She has not decided whether to aim for the 2018 games.

 

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