Paralympic gold-medallist Deb Criddle visited her sponsor the Ideal Saddle Company at their base in Walsall last month, to thank them for their support during the London Games.

On 13 November she was given a tour of the saddlery’s factory and met the team involved in making her specially designed saddle.

“I was very happy to meet Deb and it was lovely to see the medals,” said saddler Tony Fellows. “She is a complete inspiration to everyone.”

The Ideal Saddle Company’s marketing manager Liz Leggett added: “Deb took her time to speak everyone and encouraged them to have their photo with her and her medals.

“Her visit left such a feel good factor throughout the company — we feel so proud of her achievements.”

Deb’s saddle for her London 2012 ride LJT Achilles is made from lightweight leather to make it easy to lift, with specially adapted Velcro knee rolls.