Cramlington’s Three-time Paralympic Champion Stephen Miller has been named in a 49-strong British Athletics team for the World Para Athletics Championship being held in London this July.
The team was announced by British Athletics on 7th June, the Championships run from 14th-23rd July.
This will be Miller’s 7th Athletics World Championships spanning 19 years, having previously competed in Birmingham 1998, Lille 2002, Assen 2006, Christchurch 2011, Lyon 2013 and Doha 2015. He will look to add to his World Championship medal collection of 3 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze when he competes in the Men’s F32 Club Throw on the 20th July.
Miller, 37, who won bronze in the Rio Paralympics last September, was male team captain for the
GB Athletics Team in the London 2012 Paralympics, where a hip injury prevented him being fully fit and he finished 11th. He will be aiming for a better performance this time round back in the London Olympic Stadium.
It has been a good year so far for the Gateshead Harrier, with silver at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai in March. He has improved throughout the season and threw his best distance for over 2 years in the Tyne Cup at Gateshead Stadium at the beginning of June – 32.26m.
Stephen said, “It’s always special to be named in a British team, and it’s always the first goal of the season, I take nothing for granted. It’s a proud moment for me and my family and my support team. I haven’t medalled at World Championships since 2011 so I’m motivated to put that right. I’m in good shape physically and mentally, we’re confident I can put in a great performance in London this July.
Thanks as ever to my support team, my coach and mam Ros, my Physio Penny at The Performance Clinic, my Chiropractor Andy at ThinkChiropractic Darras Hall, Mannatech, Active Northumberland, Speedflex and of course the National Lottery and all the players that ensure I can give everything to my sport every day.”