The village of Eglinton ground to a halt today as it welcomed home Paralympic star Jason Smyth.
The sprinter - who won his fifth Paralympic gold medal in Rio earlier this month - headed a joyous run through his home village his afternoon surrounded by hundreds of local children.
“Its incredible to come home to where I grew up and to see this support,” he said.
“I didn’t grow up in any different circumstances to anyone else here and it a great opportunity for them to realise that they can achieve whatever it is they want to in their lives.
“These are the moments that make a huge impact on you - it’s not just the medals and winning - it’s moments like this that make it all worth it.”
Smyth won his third 100m gold medal at the Rio games to add the 100-metre and 200 golds he won at the London and Beijing Games. The 200 metres wasn’t staged in this year’s Games.