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.”