The spelling was a little off, but it was the thought that counted when Paralympian Sophie Pascoe returned to a welcome message graffitied onto her street at home.

The 23-year-old swimming star arrived home to Christchurch to find the words "Welcome home Sophi" sprayed across the road in her neighbourhood.

"Came home to this," Pascoe posted on Facebook, with a photo of the tribute from her loving neighbours.

Pascoe is New Zealand's most successful Paralympian, earning her 15th medal at the Rio Games.

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She brought back three gold medals and two silvers.

Came home to this...🙊🙈 #neighbourhoodlove #welcomehome

Posted by Sophie Pascoe on Saturday, 24 September 2016