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Swimming star is up there with the legends

PUBLISHED: 16:25 18 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:11 02 July 2010

A PARALYMPIC swimming champion has spoken of her delight after it was confirmed that she is to be immortalised in a new statue. Beverley Gull MBE, will be included in a statue of sporting greats in Castle Green, Dagenham, along with former England soccer

A PARALYMPIC swimming champion has spoken of her delight after it was confirmed that she is to be immortalised in a new statue.

Beverley Gull MBE, will be included in a statue of sporting greats in Castle Green, Dagenham, along with former England soccer manager, Sir Alf Ramsay, the ex-England and West Ham captain, Bobby Moore, and international rugby player, Jason Leonard.

Beverley, of Rainham Road North, Dagenham, said: "This is an absolutely amazing honour. It's almost unbelievable to think that I'll be up there with the greats like Sir Alf and Bobby Moore.

"I've lived in East London for more than 45 years, and was wonderfully supported by my borough throughout my sporting career."

Beverley competed in the Paralympics in Korea in 1988, and Barcelona in 1992.

She won a total of 41 international gold medals, and breaking 13 world records during her glittering career in the pool.

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