KYLE Chalmers is still getting used to people stopping himto askfor photographs and autographs as he walks down the street.
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Two months ago he was an unknown to most people apart from family, friends and serious swimming supportersbut after winning gold in the men’s100 metres freestyleat the Rio Olympics last month he has become a famous face.

“It’s a little bit out of control,” Chalmers said.

“The Olympics is like a five-week bubble –you leave and noone knows who you are and you come back and everyone knows who you are.”

But as with everything, the 18-year-oldseems to be taking all the extraattentionin his stride.

Chalmers has had a packed schedule since returning from Rio with Adidas commitments in Germany and Rio and a holiday in London as well as a few appearances and welcome home events in Australia but he is looking forward togetting back to Port Lincoln this weekend and “breathing that fresh country air”.

“I can’t wait to get over there.”

Although he said the three-day trip would not be long enough.

Chalmers said he was looking forward to seeing the people of Port Lincoln who had given him so much support.

When he returnshome to Adelaide he will dive intoa month of hard training before the World Championships in Japan and Singapore followed by theshort course trials and he hopes to qualify for theFINA World Swimming Championships at the end of the year.

Away from the pool he will be heading to Melbourne next week for someappearances at the AFL grand final and thento the Gold Coast for a birthday.

But this weekend, the people ofPort Lincoln will have him all to themselves as the city celebrates its latest gold medallist with a community event on the foreshore from10.15am.

Official proceedings will startat 11am with Chalmers to be joined by family and friends on stage to share his Olympic story.

Olympic gold medallist Kyle Chalmers. Picture: Getty

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