Stephen ready to take on the world

Stephen Miller with the medal he won at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008.

Stephen Miller with the medal he won at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008.

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Athlete Stephen Miller has been selected to represent Great Britain in the Rio Paralympic Games.

The games, to be held in September, will be his sixth Paralympics.

Stephen, from Cramlington, will compete in the F32 club throw.

He said: “It’s amazing to be selected for my sixth 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.”

It is 20 years since Stephen 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.

He is included in a squad of more than 50 athletes who 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.

He is determined to add to his tally of five Paralympic medals, and will want to put the disappointment of London 2012 behind him. The games will be just short of four years since having his left hip replaced post-London Paralympics.