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.
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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 362
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President 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.
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President 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 342
Oscar Pistorius. Paralympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
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Oscar Pistorius. Paralympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912. picture: Chris Collingridge 259
President 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.
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President 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 330
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President 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.
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President 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 294
Five 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.
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Five 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 347
Fans waiting for Para-Olympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912.
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Fans waiting for Para-Olympians return to South Africa from the Olympic Games in London at O.R.Tambo airport. 110912. picture: Chris Collingridge 358
3 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.
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3 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 367
President 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.
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President 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 373
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JOHANNESBURG, 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
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JOHANNESBURG, 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

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.