Bath blade runner Sophie Kamlis is hungry for Rio re-run
Bath blade runner Sophie Kamlish came back down to earth this week but is determined to be on another Paralympic high in four years' time.
The 16-year-old went from athletics beginner to double London 2012 finalist in the space of 14 months and, after four performances in front of 80,000-strong crowds in the Olympic Stadium, is loving life as a Paralympian.
"I'm definitely addicted now," said Kamlish, who also tried wheelchair basketball and swimming after being talent-spotted through Sport England's Playground to Podium scheme.
"It's all been quite sudden for me, I haven't had to train for years and years to get to the Paralympics, so I've just gone along with it all.
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"But I know what to look forward to now and it has made it really exciting for the next four years. I will be training hard for all the other competitions coming up and for Rio as well."
Kamlish followed up her fifth-placed finish in the T44 100m by setting a personal best of 29.08secs in the 200m final, putting her sixth overall, as she took the Games experience in her stride.
"The scale has been huge – massive crowds, bigger, better, faster, just brilliant," said Kamlish, who was dubbed coolest Paralympian of the night on Twitter after running with a flower in her hair.
"I'd only run one race before where everyone was in my classification, so that's been different as well."
After attending the closing ceremony – where she featured in a montage shown on the big screen – and Monday's parade through London, Kamlish returned to Bath to prepare for her first day of A-level studies at Ralph Allen.
"It's a new school, so it will be different for a bit, but then it's back into dull normality!" she laughed.