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Pool champ Cate Campbell gets her stamp
Genevieve Gannon
16:31 AEST Tue Aug 21 2012

An Olympic champion who dreamed of a paper honour as well as gold has had her wish fulfilled.

After the Australian women's 4x100m relay team claimed gold in the pool at the London Olympics, swimmer Cate Campbell's first thought was that she was going to be on a stamp.

In Melbourne on Tuesday she had those dreams realised.

"It's beyond my wildest dreams," Campbell said after being presented with a framed sheet of stamps.

These days people only sent letters out of love, she reflected, so her stamp would be helping to send love all around the world.

"I can remember in Beijing I won a bronze and Steph Rice came back with her stamp, and I looked at it and thought, I'm so close and yet so far," Campbell said.

"It was one of those goals that I really wanted to achieve."

Australia Post has produced stamps for all Australian gold-medal winners since the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Campbell said the highlight of her Olympic campaign was the spirit in London and the energy of the volunteers.

She also got her wish to fly home business class, but says she slept the whole way.

Cyclist Anna Meares, who won cycling gold in the women's sprint, said it was scary to see the difference between her London Olympics stamp and the one made after she won gold in Athens eight years ago.

"It's actually more strange when you receive a letter in the mail with your face on the letter," Meares said.

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