Paralympic champion Stephen Miller announces retirement from Para athletics

Three-time Paralympic gold medallist looks back at three decades in Para athletics and the work of SMILE Through Sport, an organisation founded by him dedicated to ensuring persons with disabilities the opportunities to take part in sports 12 Jun 2024
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Stephen Miller medalled at the Athens 2004 (left), Rio 2016 (centre) and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in the club throw F32
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By SMILE Through Sport and World Para Athletics

Stephen Miller, six-time Paralympian and three-time Paralympic champion, has announced his retirement from Para athletics at the end of the 2024 season.

Stephen’s illustrious career spans over four decades, during which he has inspired countless individuals with his dedication, resilience, and achievements. A celebrated figure in the world of Para sports, Stephen has been a beacon of positivity and strength, both on and off the field.

Miller first represented Great Britain at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, becoming one of Britain’s youngest track and field gold medallists at the age of 16. Since then, he has competed in every major Para athletics championship up until the 2021 European Para Athletics Championships in Poland, earning 34 major international medals. His commitment to excellence and passion for sport have made him a role model for athletes around the world.

In addition to his sporting achievements, he is the founder of SMILE Through Sport, an organisation dedicated to ensuring that persons with disabilities get the opportunity to take part in sports, promoting inclusivity and engagement. He is also a renowned keynote speaker and team-building coach, helping corporate teams and individuals achieve their highest potential.

Miller is also the World Para Athletics Athletes' Representative and a long-time member of the World Para Athletics Athlete Advisory Group  (AAG).

“After an incredible journey in Para athletics, I have decided to retire at the end of this season. It has been an honour to represent my country and compete at the highest level,” said Miller. “I am grateful for all the support I have received throughout my career and look forward to continuing to inspire and motivate through the work of SMILE Through Sport and my business brand Positiv. I must give special mention to my family—my Mam, Ros; Dad, John; and brother, Jonathan—who have been with me every step of the way. And my wife, Rachel, she is my rock who has got me through so many tough times.”

Stephen’s final competition will be at the CP Sport National Championships in Coventry on the 8 September, marking the end of a remarkable career. Fittingly, CP Sport helped to kick-start Stephen’s career in Para athletics 30 years ago. The date also coincides with the final day of the Paralympic Games in Paris.

He will continue to be actively involved in sports through his advocacy, coaching, and motivational speaking engagements.

“I’ll miss the buzz of competing, the thrill of catching a great throw, and the camaraderie among teammates, support staff, and competitors. However, nothing lasts forever, and I’m excited to channel my energy into fresh challenges," Miller added.

Among Miller's career achievements are three Paralympic gold medals in the men's club throw F32 (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004), a Paralympic silver in the same event at Beijing 2008 and two Paralympic bronze medals (men's discus F32 at Sydney 2000 and men's club throw F32 at Rio 2016). He also has three World Championships gold medals in the club throw at Birmingham 1998, Lille-Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 and Assen 2006.

Stephen Miller plans to hold a celebration event at St. James’ Park in Newcastle on the 11 September, with proceeds going to SMILE Through Sport.