Uxbridge 's Paralympic superhero Natasha Baker wowed her home fans when she sailed to two gold medals in London in 2012, but who would have expected her to better the phenomenal achievement four years later?
The 26-year-old dressage rider returned home from Rio on Tuesday (September 20) clutching the THREE gold medals she scooped this time around.
'I've never been so emotional'
The former Bishop Ramsey student told getwestlondon : “It hasn't sunk in yet. I don't think it will ever sink in. I don't know if it ever will.
“It took two and a half years for the London medals to sink in.
“It was an amazing feeling. I've never been so emotional in my life.”
Competing in 2012 Natasha took home golds in both the grade II individual and grade II freestyle events with her beloved horse JP.
Four years on the pair took home golds in the individual freestyle, individual championship and the team championship, placing her 22nd in the table of gold medal winners this year.
Natasha has transverse myelitis – a condition that has left her with permanent nerve damage and severe weakness in her legs – after she contracted a virus at just 14 months old.
Unable to use her legs while riding, she instructs JP through verbal commands and by moving in her seat.
Sadly this will be the last time the duo compete together as Natasha has opted to retire JP from competition, but is delighted he could go out on a high.
She said: “He was so good. I had a little pep talk with him before.
“I love him to pieces. He's my best friend. I wanted to win it for him more than for me.”
A party to celebrate
After a hectic few months with intense training in the lead up to the games, then three weeks in Brazil, Natasha said she plans to celebrate with a party for friends and family to say thank you.
Supporters took to Twitter after her wins to congratulate Natasha, who lives in Uxbridge.
On what could be painted gold to mark her mounting success, Natasha said: “I would think phone boxes. They're quite British, although I don't know if there's any left.
“I would turn everything gold if I could.”