Internationally successful disabled athletes from Finland will have their own stamps on May 7, 2012. The two Finnish stamps in the Disabled Sports miniature sheet depict Leo-Pekka Tahti, the World Record holder in wheelchair racing, World Champion and Paralympic gold medallist, and Saana-Maria Sinisalo, an archer who has finished in points winning places in the World Championships. Both of the depicted athletes have high hopes of winning medals at the next Paralympics in London in 2012.
In addition to the stamps, the miniature sheets depict other successful disabled athletes: goalball players Petri Posio and Erkki Miinala, judoka Jani Kallunki, cyclist Jarmo Ollanketo, and pilot Marko Tormanen.
"As disabled sports have not had a stamp before, the year of the London Paralympics 2012 is a good time to recognize our internationally successful athletes by releasing a stamp. Thanks to his achievements, Leo-Pekka Tahti was an obvious choice. In 2011, the Finnish Athletics Federation selected him as the athlete of the year and the Finnish Sports Association of Persons with Disabilities chose him as the disabled athlete of the year," says Tommi Kantola, Product Manager at Itella Posti Oy.
The stamp is designed by Klaus Welp. The miniature sheet will contain the text "Disabled Sports" in Finnish and Swedish Braille, together with 1st class indications. The miniature sheet will be released as an issue of 400,000 copies.