Stephanie Millward was on the fringes of the British international able-bodied swimming team before going blind three times, becoming paralyzed and then being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was only 17 years old.

She returned to swimming to qualify for the Beijing Paralympics, reaching three finals in the S9 classification.

* The following season, Millward announced herself as a major contender in Para-swimming, winning five golds and a silver at the 2009 IPC European Championships as well as four golds, three silvers and a bronze at the IPC World Short Course Championships in Rio the same season.

* In 2010, she won five silvers and a bronze at her first IPC World Championships in Eindhoven before adding two silvers and a bronze for England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

* After a further three golds and two silvers at the 2011 IPC European Championships in Berlin, Millward landed her first Paralympic medals at London 2012 with three individual silvers (400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley) and two relay medals.

* She starred at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal, scooping four golds and a silver including the individual titles over 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke.

* In 2014, she won the S9 400m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke titles for the third consecutive IPC Swimming European Championships and also added gold over 100m Free and both 34pt relays as well as 200m IM silver and 100m Fly bronze.




This picture shows Stephanie wearing one of her four silver London 2012 Paralympic Medals with the bouquet of flowers that were presented along with the medal!!

Believe in the impossible and anything is possible.

I went from being immobile to becoming a Paralympic medalist! -Anything is possible if you just believe it!

Just after the London 2012 Paralympics Stephanie was awarded the honorary Freedom of her home town Corsham, Wiltshire!

Many school children and their families came to join in the celebrations. It was such an incredible day!!



Stephanie on a training camp with a friend and team mates Sam Hynd and Gemma Almond!!

Stephanie tries to keep a smile on her face appreciating every good thing that happens to her!  Training always sounds hard but other training partners help to keep everyone smiling!!