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Golden Girl Shows Off Her Medals at Deepdale

3 October 2016

Preston North End were in the company of a Paralympic Gold Medalist during Saturday's win against Aston Villa.

Lifelong PNE fan and Paralympic swimmer Stephanie Slater was invited as a special guest of the club just 14 days after her achievements in Rio where she secured Gold in the 4x100 Medley relay, and Silver in the Women's 100m Butterfly S8.

Stephanie, who also hails from Preston paraded her medals on the pitch at half-time where she was greeted to a warm reception from her fellow North End fans.

"With it being my local team, it was so nice to see all of the supporters out there," said the Gold Medalist.

"I'm a big PNE fan; my mum supported them when she was growing up and she always use to come to Deepdale to watch the games so we've been brought up to support the club and of course I couldn't be more prouder to support them myself.

"It was a fantastic feeling to be on the pitch at half-time in front of the fans and to get a round of applause off them was special and I was so glad to have been given the opportunity."

Stephanie watched on as Ben Pearson and Jordan Hugill were both on the scoresheet as North End earned their third victory in four games against the Villans on Saturday with a 2-0 win.

Her day continued post-match where she was able to meet the PNE first-team, giving the players the opportunity to pose for a photo with a Paralympic Gold Medalist.

"It was a bit overwhelming as some players were asking for photos with me!" she continued.

"But it was great to meet them all and they got the win and the three points which really did top my day off."

"People have been calling me a lucky charm and telling me I'll have to come every week now!"

Stephanie was part of a GB Paralympic team which secured 64 gold medals, the most by a British team since 1988 and the victorious swimmer spoke of her pride at being part of a team which finished second only to China in the medal table.

"The medals are heavy but I'm so proud of them and proud that I can show them off. Winning that gold medal was such an amazing feeling. 

"The support from back home and out there was brilliant and the messages of support blew me away."                

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