Stephanie Millward

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Stephanie Millward
MBE
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Stephanie Millward with her 2012 Summer Paralympics medals at the Our Greatest Team Parade
Personal information
Full name Stephanie Millward
Nationality British (English)
Born (1981-09-20) 20 September 1981 (age 36)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Sport
Sport Swimming

Stephanie Millward, MBE (born 20 September 1981) is a British Paralympic swimmer.

Personal life[edit]

Millward was born on 20 September 1981 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.[1] At the age of 17 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).[2] As a result, she competed in the S9 (classification) Paralympic classification. Since 12 June 2016, she competes in the S8 classification after her category change from the less impaired S9 category down to S8. She was reclassified at the Berlin Open. She was awarded the Freedom of the Town of Corsham on 2 March 2013. [3]

Education[edit]

Stephanie attended The Corsham School, Wiltshire

Swimming[edit]

Millward was close to a place in the British international able-bodied team and, having broken the British record for the 100-metre backstroke at the age of 15, hoped to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics before she was diagnosed with MS.[4][5]

She qualified for the 2008 Summer Paralympics held in Beijing, China where she entered four S9 events. She finished fourth in the 100-metre backstroke, fifth in the 100-metre freestyle, sixth in the 50-metre freestyle and thirteenth in the 100-metre butterfly.[1]

In 2009 Millward won two medals at the British Disability Swimming Championships, taking a silver in the 100 freestyle and bronze in the 100-metre butterfly. At the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) European Swimming Championships held in Reykjavík, Iceland, she won three gold and two silver medals in individual events and added a further two gold medals in relays. At the 2009 IPC Swimming World Championships 25 m in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil she won two gold, three silver and a bronze in individual competitions and two gold medals in relay events.[1][6]

At the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships held in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, she won silver medals in the 100 m freestyle, the 400 m freestyle, the 100 m backstroke, the 4×100 m freestyle relay (34pts) and the 4×100 m medley relay (34pts). She also won a bronze medal in the 100 m butterfly.[1] She represented England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where she won silver medals in the 100-metre butterfly S9 and the 100-metre freestyle S9 and a bronze medal in the 50-metre freestyle S9, finishing behind winner Natalie du Toit of South Africa on each occasion.[7][8][9]

At the 2011 IPC European Championships in Berlin, Germany, Millward won three gold and two silver medals, including setting a world record time of four minutes, 52.40 seconds on the way to winning gold in the 4×100 m medley relay (34pts) alongside Heather Frederiksen, Claire Cashmore and Louise Watkin.[1][10]

Millward was named as part of a 44-swimmer squad to compete for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, United Kingdom.[11] At the Games she won her first Paralympic medal, a silver, in the 100 m backstroke S9.[4] This was followed by four further medals. She won bronze in the 4 × 100  m freestyle relay (34pts), swimming with Cashmore, Watkin and Susie Rodgers; a silver in 400 m freestyle S9, finishing behind South African Natalie Du Toit; another silver came as she once again finished behind du Toit in the SM9 200 m individual medley in a new European record time of four minutes, 4.40 seconds.[12] Her fifth and final medal came in the 100-metre medley relay (34 pts) swimming with Frederiksen, Cashmore and Watkin. The British quartet were in fourth place heading into the final leg but Watkin came through to finish in second place, three hundredths of a second behind the winning team from Australia.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Stephanie Millward". British Paralympic Association. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Meet the Team – Stephanie Millward". British Swimming. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.itv.com/news/west/2013-03-02/honour-for-wiltshire-paralympian/
  4. ^ a b Pearce, Nick (1 September 2012). "Paralympics 2012: Heather Frederiksen provides further evidence of powers of recovery with 400m freestyle silver". The Telegraph. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Paralympic hopeful Rodgers adds to gold medal run". BBC Sport. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Britain capture nine medals on final day in Rio". BBC Sport. 6 December 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Natalie du Toit claims Commonwealth swimming gold". BBC Sport. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2010: Adlington wins gold in Delhi". BBC Sport. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2010: Hannah Miley wins medley gold". BBC Sport. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Eleanor Simmonds denied gold at IPC European Championships". BBC Sport. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "London 2012: Paralympic veteran Jim Anderson gets sixth call". BBC Sport. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  12. ^ Telegraph Sport (6 September 2012). "Paralympics 2012: Stephanie Millward leads British 2–3–4 behind Natalie du Toit in women's SM9 200m IM". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Hope, Nick (7 September 2012). "Paralympics 2012: Natalie du Toit second in final race". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2012.