Palace date for Paralympic champion

Stephanie Slaters Paralympic success was topped off by a reception at Buckingham Palace this week  PHOTO: onEdition
Stephanie Slaters Paralympic success was topped off by a reception at Buckingham Palace this week PHOTO: onEdition
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Swimming star Stephanie Slater admits she is still on cloud nine after achieving her dream of winning a Paralympic gold medal.

The 25-year-old ace, who hails from Longridge, was part of Team GB’s successful 4x100m 34 points medley relay team which smashed the world record in Rio de Janeiro last month.

Swimming the third and butterfly leg inside the Olympic Aquatics Centre, Slater produced an heroic performance to help her team to glory.

The former Preston Swimming Club member also scooped a superb silver medal in the S8 100m individual butterfly event.

And she agonisingly missed out on a podium place in the 50m freestyle – finishing in fourth spot – while she came fifth in the 100m backstroke.

Her success is all the more remarkable considering her participation at the Games was touch-and-go after injury and illness kept her out of the water for large periods this year.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Slater. “It’s an absolutely amazing feeling to come away with two medals at my first Paralympic Games.

“It has totally blown me away because it was touch-and-go as to whether I would actually make it to the Paralympics. So I’m absolutely over the moon to come away with two medals.”

Her Paralympic performance also earned the royal seal of approval this week.

Slater travelled to Buckingham Palace as the Queen congratulated all of Team’s GB’s successful Olympians and Paralympians at a special ceremony in London.

“I have never been to Buckingham Palace before – it will be nice to meet the Queen because I have never met her before,” she said.

“Hopefully, people will hear my story and they will be inspired by it.

“That’s what I am hoping for.”