New Zealand's champion Paralympic swimmer Sophie Pascoe started the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a smile and had a huge smile at the end after a gruelling campaign when she returned on home soil last night.
She arrived yesterday at Auckland Airport with over 250 Kiwi athletes and support staff after a successful medal haul for New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games.
The 25-year-old was the flag bearer at the Games' opening ceremony and was named New Zealand's team captain.
"I'm super excited to be home, it's always nice to be back on home soil," said Pascoe.
"I have been away for three and a half weeks but I am just so proud of this team."
Pascoe won two golds at the Gold Coast Games, taking out the women's SB9 100m breaststroke final and the women's SM10 200m individual medley final.
"All 253 athletes have done incredibly well and represented our country with so much pride."
New Zealand overall won 15 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze medals the 2018 Games.
"To be a team captain and support them the whole way through to right now and celebrating with them, is a pretty awesome feeling."
There is no rest for the Kiwi swimmer who set to return to training on Thursday.
"I'm back in the pool on Thursday."