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Gallery: Paralympians return to SA

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South Africa's athletics team, whose performance at Paralympics inspired the nation, were themselves moved by the warm welcome they received on returning home.

Waiting to receive the athletes were people holding signs saying "welcome back" and individual signs praising their favourite athletes.

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Union Selailwe celebrates with his coach, an emotional  Alta Oelofse with a coach's cheque. Para-Olympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
picture: Chris Collingridge
362Para-Olympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
picture: Chris Collingridge
404President of SASCOC Gideon Sam and Minister for Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula present a cheque to Natalie du Toit. Paralympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
picture: Chris Collingridge
342Oscar Pistorius. Paralympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
picture: Chris Collingridge
259President of SASCOC Gideon Sam presents a cheque to Oscar Pistorius. Paralympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
picture: Chris Collingridge
330Para-Olympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
picture: Chris Collingridge
239President of SASCOC Gideon Sam and Deputy Sports Minister Gert Oosthuizen present a cheque to Samkelo Radebe. Paralympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
picture: Chris Collingridge
294Five year old Innocent Phakathi from the SAA creche celebrates the Para-Olympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
picture: Chris Collingridge
347Fans waiting for Para-Olympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
picture: Chris Collingridge
3583 year old Komogelo Nhlapo from Duduza, Nigel rides the shoulders of Olympic swimmer Terence Parkin.  Para-Olympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
picture: Chris Collingridge
367President of SASCOC Gideon Sam and Minister for Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula present a cheque to Charl Bouwer and Hendrick Herbst on behalf of their coach. Paralympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
picture: Chris Collingridge
373Para-Olympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
picture: Chris Collingridge
390JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11, NatalieDu Toit  receive a cheque of R1,4m from Minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula and Gert Oosthuizen during the South African Paralympic team arrival at O.R Tambo International Airport on September 11, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

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