Paralympian Stephen Miller from Cramlington has been selected to represent Great Britain in the Rio Paralympic Games being held this September. For Miller, who will compete in the F32 Club Throw, it will be his 6th Paralympic Games. It is 20 years since he made his Paralympic debut in Atlanta 1996 at the age of 16, now 36 he is the most experienced member of the British Athletics team going to Rio, although not the oldest.
Miller is included in a squad of over 50 athletes that will fight for medals in Rio. It promises to be one of the most competitive and exciting Paralympics ever, and competition to get in the team has been fierce with qualification stretching back to last year.
Miller will be determined to add to his tally of 5 Paralympic medals, and will want to put the disappointment of London 2012 behind him when he competes in Rio. The games will be just short of 4 years since having his left hip replaced post London Paralympics, Miller is now fully fit and ready to take on the world once again.
Stephen Miller said “It’s amazing to be selected for my 6th Paralympics, it’s been a tough selection process as there are so many talented athletes in Great Britain. I have to thank my coach and mam Ros who has been fantastic as always. My sponsors Speedflex, The Performance Clinic, Think Chiropractic and Mannatech have supported me tremendously. Thanks to my wife for putting up with me, especially during the tense selection period. And my brother who is my biggest supporter.
Of course I have to thank The National Lottery and British Athletics who have made it possible for me to train to my limit.
It’s been the toughest year to get selected, my event has exploded in the last 12 months. The fact that the top 11 in the world are over 30 metres is crazy, but great for the sport. I’m happy that I’m still up there fighting and am going to give everything to deliver a performance I can be proud of in Rio.”
Life doesn’t do fair
Life doesn’t discriminate,
people might, but life won’t, so we have to fight.
The best chance we have
is to be clear on what we want
from this life,
committ to it and work hard.
So when the chances come
we’ve given luck as much reasoning as possible
to fall on our side.
we get into the heart of it,
get into the dark of it.
is a funny thing,
can hurt people,or unearth people.
Cramlington Paralympian Stephen Miller competed at the British Wheelchair Athletics Association (BWAA) Grand Prix Series in Stoke Manderville this weekend. It was Stephen’s third competition of the 2015 season and he smashed his previous season best of 28.33m set in Dubai in February with a throw of 32.63m. The result was Miller’s best since 2009 and puts the 5 time Paralympic medallist close second in this year’s IPC world rankings.
After recovering from a niggling back problem, it was an impressive series of throws as Miller launched four of his efforts over 31 metres to win the competition and set an impressive mark in the build up to the IPC World Championships in Doha.
Speaking after the competition, Miller said “This result is great, it shows how far I’ve come this year. Me and my coach and my support team have worked so hard this winter to get me in the shape to take it to the next level. I’m glad we’re starting to get the results we want. I’m buzzing to be honest, to throw like that so early in the season gives me a lot of confidence and I’m excited about what we can achieve this year.”
The IPC World Championships are being held in Doha from 22nd to 31st October
We’re obsessed with seeing the differences,
highlighting the inferences,
when, we’re all matter, and,
we all matter.
Instead we could focus on
the glory of life
but the world’s always in trouble and strife.
This seems to never end,
because society is constantly on the mend.
opens the floodgates. The
energy escaping every second.
I watch as it all darts past me
trying to claw back in vein.
Only when I stop trying does it
stay within me.