Cramlington Paralympian Stephen is seeking support
July 16, 2019
Cramlington Paralympian Stephen Miller is looking for fresh sponsorship and support to help him add to his extensive medal collection at the Tokyo Paralympics next summer.
Stephen, 39, has dedicated more than half his life to the sport he loves and has represented GB in every major championship since 1995, winning over 25 international medals in athletics seated throws events. He worked his way back from total hip replacement surgery after London 2012 to compete and win Bronze at his 6th Paralympics in Rio.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to sport and awarded the Freedom of Cramlington in 2014.
Stephen is currently on the World Class Performance Programme and receives financial support to help cover core training and living costs. However, there are many costs that build up through being a dedicated full-time athlete that aren’t covered. More specifically Stephen is looking for help with the cost of a new electric wheelchair and a new vehicle, both of which are essential to his training and daily life.
Finding financial sponsors is becoming increasingly difficult in the world of sport, particularly for Paralympians. While Stephen has some fantastically loyal sponsors that provide services and products in kind and has been lucky enough to have had financial sponsorship in the past, he has decided to team up with Pledge Sport to appeal to sponsors and supporters to help him on his journey to Tokyo 2020.
The campaign website can be found here:
Anybody can donate but Stephen is looking primarily for any businesses and organisations to support him – Anybody is welcome in Team Miller!
Through his sporting achievements Stephen has inspired many people and through his voluntary work he has aimed to help others through coaching and mentoring and has supported charities through patron/ambassador roles. Now he is asking for a little help as he looks to round off his incredible athletics career in Tokyo.
Stephen said “Anybody that knows me will know I’ve never been one to ask for help, I’m incredibly stubborn and fiercely independent. However, as I begin my journey towards what could be my last Club Throw at the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020, I’m appealing for a bit of extra support to help with certain costs for things that make a massive impact on my training and my life. Any support I receive will be hugely appreciated and I promise I will give it my best shot to be in the team for Tokyo and to win a medal.”