Paralympian pair inspirational, says mayor

SAM SACHDEVA
Last updated 10:57 13/10/2012
Mayor Bob Parker has a few problems reclaiming the mayoral chains from Sophie Pascoe after they got tangled in her hair. Sophie and fellow paralympion Anthea Gunner were at a mayoral welcome with their support crew and the mayor swapped mayoral bling for one of Sophie's gold medals.

Mayor Bob Parker has a few problems reclaiming the mayoral chains from Sophie Pascoe after they got tangled in her hair. Sophie and fellow paralympion Anthea Gunner were at a mayoral welcome with their support crew and the mayor swapped mayoral bling for one of Sophie's gold medals.

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Canterbury's Paralympians have been hailed as "great athletes and inspirational figures" at a hometown welcome.

Swimmer Sophie Pascoe, who won three gold medals and three silver, and equestrian Anthea Gunner were welcomed back to Christchurch at the city council's offices yesterday.

Mayor Bob Parker praised them for their efforts and said the New Zealand team's success was "bloody stunning".

"We are so proud of all of you. You are at the top of the world. You're great athletes and inspirational figures," he said.

Pascoe said she had received a warm welcome from residents after her return from the London Paralympics.

"I carry one medal with me when I'm out just in case anyone comes up to me and wants to chat because it's nice to be able to show them a piece of what they've supported." She said she would resume training next month.

Gunner said it was "really cool" to be welcomed back, and she was still adjusting to being back in Christchurch after training hard for the Paralympics.

"You build up for it for so long and then you get there and it's happening, and everything just goes so quickly," she said.

Her horse was still in quarantine, but she will resume riding soon for the national championships in February.

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