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PHOTOS: Paralympians welcomed home at Mooloolaba

HOME: Silver medallist Kyle Bridgwood thanked the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation at the Paralympians' welcome home ceremony at the Mooloolaba Surf Club yesterday.
HOME: Silver medallist Kyle Bridgwood thanked the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation at the Paralympians' welcome home ceremony at the Mooloolaba Surf Club yesterday.

PARALYMPICS: Double silver medallist Kyle Bridgwood will have extra motivation to qualify for the 2020 Toyko Paralympics after his results at Rio.

Bridgwood and the Sunshine Coast contingent who represented Australia at the games were welcomed home by the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation at Mooloolaba Surf Club this afternoon.

Bridgwood would finish second in the Men's C4 4000m Individual Pursuit and the Men's C4 Time Trial on the track, with Slovakian athlete Jozef Metelka beating him to the top spot in both races.

Bridgwood thinks Metelka will hang around for another tilt in four years and he hopes to do the same.

"He's very fast. He's one year older than me,” Bridgwood said.

"I think I will hang around and see if I can keep it going to Tokyo. It's still four years away but at the same time the training starts now.”

Indeed, Bridgwood only stepped off the plane from South America on Thursday and will be back in the saddle today for the Queensland Road Team Series as part of the Sunshine Coast Cycle Festival. After the race, he will take a well-deserved break after a gruelling year which included a world championship win in Italy and a six-week camp before the Games.

Bridgwood lives at Buderim and completes his strength and conditioning training at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

He travels to Brisbane numerous times a week to train on the velodrome at Chandler and also juggles university studies.

But he wouldn't have it any other way, and plans to base himself on the Sunshine Coast for a long time to come.

He said training at USC could help him reach his full potential as he looks to go one better in 2020.

"They help a lot more than I actually thought,” he said.

"I was really amazed at the start of the year when I met (chairman) Benny (Pike) and the Uni has been amazing too.”

Topics:  gold medal, kyle bridgwood, paralympics, paralympics 2016, rio 2016, silver medal


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