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Stephanie Millward

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Biography

Impairment information

Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Family
Husband Adrian McHugh
Residence
Box, ENG
Occupation
Author, Coach, Motivational Speaker, Shop Assistant, Sports Teacher, Student
Languages
French, German, Spanish, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and took up Para swimming in late 2007.
Why this sport?
During her childhood she lived in Saudi Arabia with her family, and as the heat was so intense her mother taught Stephanie and her sibling to swim. When the family returned to the United Kingdom they all joined Corsham ASC in Wiltshire, England. She spent almost 10 years away from competitive swimming after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but her husband Adrian inspired her to return to the sport.
Club / Team
Corsham Amateur Swimming Club [ENG] / Team Bath Aquae Sulis [ENG]:
Training Regime
In addition to her work in the pool, she goes to the gym three times a week. She also incorporates horse riding and yoga into her training programme.

General interest

Nicknames
Steph (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Hobbies
Riding horses. (Facebook page, 13 Dec 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her husband Adrian McHugh, and her mother. (indigo-turtle.co.uk, 22 Nov 2013)
Hero / Idol
British swimmer Mark Foster. (British Swimming, 19 Aug 2010)
Injuries
In July 2017 she sustained a shoulder injury. She recovered in time to compete at the 2017 British Championships in Sheffield, England, which took place later in the same month. (gazetteandherald.co.uk, 03 Aug 2017)

She did not make the national squad for the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, after a virus affected her performances in the build-up to the event. (bathchronicle.co.uk, 30 Mar 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"One of my friends is a singer and we wrote a song together about learning to stand, walk and then run. Whenever I am sad I listen to it to make me feel strong again." (bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming has helped me get my life back. In fact, it has given me a life. If I walk too far, I get tired and I fall and I start tripping over, but I don't need to walk when I am swimming. I have no trouble in the water. It is a safe thing for me." (mirror.co.uk, 18 Apr 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she was named South West Para Swimmer of the Year by Swim England South West. (gazetteandherald.co.uk, 27 Mar 2018; somersetasa.org, 01 Jun 2018; Instagram profile, 04 Jul 2018)

In February 2017 a swimming pool in Corsham, England, was renamed the Stephanie Millward MBE Swimming Pool. (wiltshire.gov.uk, 17 Feb 2017)

She was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list. (bbc.com, 31 Dec 2016)

In 2013 she received the freedom of Corsham, England. (thisisbath.co.uk, 26 Feb 2013)
Other sports
She competed in able-bodied swimming and trained with the Great Britain squad in the build-up to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (edinburghnews.scotsman,com, 24 Apr 2019; manchestereveningnews.co.uk, 26 Apr 2019)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 17. The condition affects her walking, vision, balance and coordination. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010; aboutms.co.uk, 29 Jan 2010)
Other information
TOKYO DONE
She intends to retire from competitive Para swimming after the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and is studying for a career in accounting. "This is so important to me, as I hope accounting will become my second career when I retire from swimming." (training-link.co.uk, 16 Nov 2018)

INSPIRATION TO RETURN TO THE SPORT
She stopped swimming after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and also failed her final high school exams, gained weight and had depression. She was initially unwilling to return to the pool as it reminded her of what she had lost, but gradually began swimming as light exercise. She was then asked to help teach someone to swim as part of their triathlon training. Her pupil was Adrian McHugh, who she would go on to marry, and he was the motivation for her to take up Para swimming. "He inspired me and gave me belief. Before then I had tried to get in the pool a few times but then I'd struggle to get out. Just walking to the changing room was really hard. He gave me a goal." (thetelegraphandargus.co.uk, 19 Oct 2014; bathchronicle.co.uk, 25 Aug 2012; mirror.co.uk, 18 Apr 2012; britishswimming.org, 29 Jan 2010; bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2009)

AUTHOR
She released an autobiography titled 'Paying the Price' in November 2014. The book is an account of how she returned to international swimming after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 17. (bathchronicle.co.uk, 11 Nov 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 3 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 5
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 5
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 1
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2012-08-30 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 2012-08-30 5
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 2012-08-31 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2012-08-31 1
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-03 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2012-09-04 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2012-09-04 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 2012-09-06 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 2012-09-06 2
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-07 2
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2013-08-12 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2013-08-12 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final 1 2013-08-13 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 1 2013-08-13 2
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 1
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final 1 2013-08-18 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2013-08-18 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-08 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2016-09-08 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-11 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2016-09-11 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final Round 2016-09-13 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 3 2016-09-13 1
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-15 4
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-16 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2016-09-16 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-16 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final Round 2016-09-17 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2016-09-17 1