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Paralympic champion Millward calls time on glittering career
Stephanie Millward – Photo Credit: Flickr
Double Paralympic gold medallist Stephanie Millward says she feels ‘blessed’ and ‘incredibly grateful’ for the most ‘unbelievable experiences’ after calling time on her swimming career.
Since the Tokyo 2020 Games, the 40-year old becomes the third Paralympian to announce her retirement after Ellie Simmonds and Ellie Robinson, who also confirmed that they would be hanging up their goggles.
Millward was one of the most experienced on the British team and she has competed at four Paralympics and won 10 medals that include two golds in Rio 2016.
“This is a quick but heartfelt message to say that I am retiring from international swimming and I wanted to thank you all for everything you have done for me,” she said. “Aged eight, I had a dream of winning an Olympic Gold medal and by 16, having just become the National 100m Backstroke Champion and looking likely to qualify for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, everything in my world was beyond terrific.”
“I have spent the last 13 years travelling the world representing GB and competing in national, European, world, Commonwealth and Paralympics competitions, securing over 700 swimming medals of which 10 are Paralympic ones, including my coveted two gold medals from Rio 2016,” said Millward. “I have been awarded an MBE and given the freedom of my local town, Corsham. I was recently appointed a Deputy Lieutenant (Wiltshire) and I am a patron and ambassador to nine charities.”