Triple Paralympic Champion Stephen Miller Received his MBE award at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on Friday 13th May. The athlete from Cramlington, Northumberland was selected to receive the MBE award in the New Year Honours for services to sport. Stephen was accompanied on the day by his wife Rachel, mam and coach Rosalynd, and his brother Jonathan.
This summer marks 20 years since Miller won gold at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta at the age of 16 years and 91 days, becoming the youngest ever track and field gold medalist for Great Britain.
In a career that has included 5 Paralympic Games, 6 World Championships and 4 European Championships, Miller has won over 25 International medals, held the F32 Club Throw World Record from 1997-2008 and went undefeated for 9 years from 1996-2005. Miller is currently working on securing a place in the GB team for the Rio Paralympics being held this September, the team is selected in July.
Along with his Wife Rachel, Miller founded SMILE Through Sport in 2013 to provide inspiration and opportunities to encourage more people to get involved in disability sport. This involves appearances from Stephen as well as delivering sport sessions and education programmes. So far SMILE has engaged with hundreds of disabled people.
Stephen Miller said “It was a big surprise when I got the letter late last year, to be awarded an MBE is the biggest honour I have received. It still hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it was such a proud day for me and my family at Buckingham Palace. I’m looking forward to it very much. All that I’ve achieved wouldn’t be possible without the help and support I’ve had from amazing people, and so I hope I can help others in the same way and continue to be a good role model.”