Paralympian and SMILE Through Sport Founder Stephen Miller won a Silver medal at last month’s IPC European Athletics Championships held in Berlin, Germany. Competing in the F32 Club Throw event, Miller was up against his big rival Maciej Sochal, who is the current World Record holder and reigning Paralympic Champion. Miller pushed the Polish athlete all the way, throwing 29.78m, it took Sochal 4 throws to overhaul that mark, finishing with a best of 31.12m to take the title.
This was the 6th IPC European Athletics Championships, and Miller has now competed in all 6, winning 4 Golds, 2 Silvers and a Bronze. It breaks a sequence of Bronze medals for the Gateshead Harrier, having won Bronze at his previous 3 major championship appearances.
The IPC European Championships rounded off a successful season for Miller, which included wins at the Dubai and Paris IPC Grand Prix events, as well as winning at the England Athletics and CP Sport Championships. Throwing consistently all year, he had five performances over 30 metres and finished ranked in the top 3 in the world. Miller’s sights will now be set on the IPC World Athletics Championships being held in Dubai next November.
Looking forward to a well-deserved break from athletics, Miller is keeping busy in other ways by supporting two upcoming events for charities he is heavily involved with.
The first is the Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association (NUDSA) 20th Anniversary Celebration being held at St. James’ Park on 28th September. Miller helped to form the charity that provides support to disabled NUFC fans and is hoping this event will be a fitting way to mark the milestone.
The second event is for Beach Access North East (BANE), Miller is the charity’s Patron and they are holding a music festival on the 13th October at Longbenton Innisfree Club. There are loads of brilliant bands playing and all money raised helps the charity help more disabled people be able to enjoy this region’s amazing coastline.
Stephen Miller said “Winning another major international medal is a great feeling and it’s nice to get a different colour to Bronze! I felt like I could’ve won so that shows the progress we’ve made this year, last year Sochal beat me by 4 metres so I think I’m catching up. Physically I’ve managed myself a lot better and am looking forward to building on this next season. As always huge thanks to my coach, my support team, my sponsors and to British Athletics and The National Lottery.”
“I’m looking forward to my break and recharging the batteries. Having the two charity events in my off-season is great as I can really enjoy them. They are charities that are close to my heart and really make a difference to the lives of the people they engage with. I urge people to support the events, have a great time and help the charities.”