Dozens of fans spent part of Saturday crowding into a Winnipeg bank to shake hands with a gold medal winner.

Curling Paralympian Dennis Thiessen was the honoured guest at a meet and greet at the CIBC Kenaston.

Thiessen, who comes from Crystal City, Man. signed autographs and chatted with fans. He admitted, he was a little overwhelmed with all the attention. 

"They're proud to have me represent Canada and they're just proud of my accomplishments," he said. "It's been just absolutely awesome here today."

Thiessen said he never expected the reception.

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Manitoba Paralympian and gold medal winner Dennis Thiessen said he was overwhelmed by the number of fans who came out to meet him Saturday at the CIBC Kenaston. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

"I'm the type of guy that would kind of fly under the radar," he said. "But the exposure that I've been getting, it's just phenomenal. It's just, it's overwhelming."

He said he was struck by the number of children and young people who wanted to meet him. 

"It's great, I mean if I can be a role model to the kids, I think it's awesome," he said. "The more kids that see it, and inspire them to get into sport, and excel, I think it's great."

Thiessen added he is grateful to CIBC for its support of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.