Stephen Miller won a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio on 13th September. The medal is his 6th at Paralympic Games. Competing in the F32 Club Throw event, Miller threw a season’s best of 31.93 metres to secure 3rd place.
It was the 6th IPC Paralympic Games Stephen has competed in. Stephen now has an impressive 6 Paralympic medals; 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze.
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 medallist for Great Britain. He went on to win gold at both Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, took silver at Beijing 2008 before missing out on a medal for the first time in his career at London 2012.
Since London 2012 Stephen has battled back from hip replacement surgery and being cut from the World Class Performance Programme. Stephen finished 7th at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon and 4th at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha, so the Bronze in Rio represents his first global medal for 5 years since the 2011 IPC World Championships in Christchurch.
Stephen returned to the North East on Tuesday 20th September and following a 5 week break during which he attended the hero parades in Manchester and London, he is back into winter training in preparation for the 2017 IPC World Championships which will be held in London next July.
Stephen was recently named by British Athletics as part of their World Class Performance Programme for 2016/17 – He has been part of the WCPP which is supported by UKSport through the National Lottery every year but one since it was introduced in 2000.
Stephen Miller said “I’m so pleased with this medal. I worked really hard to get in the team for Rio and then had to fight hard in the competition to win a medal, this has always been a tough event and a tough class. After 20 years representing Great Britain it is still such an honour and I am so proud of this medal and what ParalympicsGB achieved in Rio.
My coach, Ros Miller, and I have worked 6 days a week all year for these games, it’s been so intense as every Paralympic year is. This performance was a culmination of the commitment we’ve shown all year, it’s definitely the best I’ve thrown since my operation and gives me lots of belief to take into next year.
I am so grateful to ParalympicsGB and The National Lottery for their support in the lead up the Rio 2016 games and throughout my career. I also have a great support network in the North East that I am so lucky to have. Thanks to everyone who is part of Team Miller.”