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Katarina Roxon 'enjoying every moment' in Rio before heading home to Newfoundland

Paralympic gold medalist Katarina Roxon is excited to return home to Kippens, Newfoundland on Tuesday, but plans to spend her last hours in Brazil just soaking up the rest of the experience.

Swimmer says no real future plans in place following 100-metre breaststroke win

Katarina Roxon, from Kippens, Newfoundland, won gold at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this September. (Katarina Roxon/Twitter)

Paralympic gold medalist Katarina Roxon is excited to return home to Kippens, Newfoundland on Tuesday, but plans to spend her last hours in Brazil just soaking up the rest of the experience.

Roxon won gold in the 100-metre breaststroke last week at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

Since the win, she said she has been overwhelmed with compliments and accolades from people back in her home province and across the country.

Katarina Roxon shows off her Paralympic Gold medal in Rio.

Roxon said her third Paralympic Games have been a tremendous experience, but for now, she's not even thinking about what's next.

"Honestly, I'm not looking at anything in the future right now, just really, I'm enjoying every moment of this," she told CBC News over the phone from Rio.

"I think right now I'm more excited to cheer on the rest of Team Canada. Once I go home though, it might hit me a little bit more."

Roxon said she's still blown away by all of the support she's been getting, and told CBC News she has no words for some of the kind things she's been hearing from people.

While she isn't wishing her time away in Brazil, Roxon says after a gruelling few months of training, competing, and being far away from home, it will be nice to get back to Kippens.

"I'm looking forward to getting home," she said.

"It's been a long two months but it was great, and I think it's going to be fun coming back."

With files from Randal Wheeler

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