SMILE founder Stephen Miller was in Dubai in March for his season opening competitions. The 9th Fazza International, which incorporated the World Para-Athletics Grand Prix, took place from the 20th-23rd of March. This was followed by the 7th Sharjah International Athletics Meeting from 25th-27th of March.
Stephen has traditionally started his season in Dubai for the past few years, talking advantage of the early competition opportunities, as well as doing a bit of warm weather training.
The competitions were as competitive as ever in the Club Throw, and in the Fazza meeting Miller threw a respectable 28.82m in difficult conditions to finish 2nd behind Lahouari Bahlaz of Algeria, who managed 31.86 with his last throw.
In the Sharjah meeting Miller threw slightly better with a best of 29.66m in the last round, which is his best performance in Dubai. However he again was beaten to the gold medal, this time by Frantisek Serbus of Czech Republic who threw a PB of 30.74m.
Miller commented, “It was a good 12 days in Dubai, I’m fairly happy with my performances but frustrated I didn’t do better in Sharjah as I felt I under-performed on the day. However to throw the furthest I’ve ever thrown in Dubai is positive, as I’ve been coming here for a lot of years now. I got lots of time in the frame which is important as I only started throwing at the end of February. So I’ll take the two silvers here with pretty rusty technique and no speed. Lots to learn from as we prepare for the domestic season in May. Thanks to British Athletics for supporting me and my coach to come to Dubai once again.”
After returning from Dubai, Stephen went to Montegordo in Portugal for a training camp as he steps up his preparations for this year’s World Para-Athletics Championships in London – The Club Throw event takes place on the 20th July.