A hero’s welcome is being planned for Port Elizabeth’s own paralympic swimming sensation, Kevin Paul, who arrives home later today after securing a silver medal in the SB9 100m breaststroke final at the London games.
Paul, who set a new African record in the pool with his 1:05.70 in the finals last week, narrowly missed out to Russian Pavel Poltavtsev, who took the gold in a world record 1:04.02.
“The whole build up to the Games has been amazing and the support from the people of South Africa, my family and friends and the Port Elizabeth community had been fantastic,” Paul said.
“No one trains to come second as everyone wants gold, but so many athletes are going to leave here with nothing to show except memories so to give a silver medal for my country is wonderful,” he said.
Paul’s family, friends and supporters are looking forward to giving him a hearty welcome when he arrives at the Port Elizabeth airport at 2.50pm this afternoon.