A WIGAN television presenter and former Paralympian is returning home from the Winter Paralympics today in triumph.
Rachael Latham of Standish, who presented games in Sochi, has come back to the borough bursting with pride after watching team Great Britain scoop up six medals.
But while the 24-year-old is glad to be heading home she admits to being upset to leave the once-in-a-lifetime experience behind.
She said: “I have loved every minute of it. I never thought I’d say this but leaving Sochi is actually a little bit sad.
“Being on trips away, 12 hours intense working days, for more than two weeks pushes you to your limits.
“It’s a relief that it has gone well, but I’m gutted that it’s done and dusted.
“I have many other events this year to look forward to such as the European Swimming Championships but Sochi will without doubt be my highlight.”
The former Paralympic swimming sensation witnessed both the highs and the lows of the events.
She says her favourite moment was seeing Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evens taking gold for Great Britain in the Visually impaired super-G Alpine Skiing.
Rachael said: “Great Britain had never won a gold at the Winter Paralympics before and these two women had a lot of pressure on their shoulders coming into the games.
“Some athletes would have found it hard to rise to the expectations, but the pair took Sochi in their stride and achieved what they wanted to do.
“Also Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell in the visually impaired classification came to their first games and won three silvers and a bronze medal.
“But what surprised me is that they were crying to me because they didn’t get the gold.
“That shows just how much a gold medal means when competing on the world stage.”