Olympic gold-winning boxer Nicola Adams from Leeds has said she was happy to be a role model for a generation of new fans.
The flyweight won her medal two weeks ago, making her the first woman to do so at an Olympic Games.
Fans turned out in Leeds in to see the 29-year-old at the Merrion Centre shopping centre, where she proudly showed off her gold to cheering supporters.
She said: "To think I am a role model because of doing my sport is an honour and a great achievement.
"My love of boxing has brought this to life."
In 2009, Nicola suffered a terrible back injury, which left her bed-ridden.
"I have had my ups and downs in sport and I have thankfully come out on top," she said.
"It's like a fairytale ending for me. I have kept smiling because every time I look at the medal, I smile."
Adams has no plans to turn professional yet, but is looking towards Rio.
She said: "I am definitely looking for 2016 - why not, double Olympic champion?"
For the time being, she will enjoy her success and the support of people in her home city.
She said: "It feels really good to be back. The amount of support I have had from Leeds and Yorkshire has been amazing."