It’s gold and a Paralympic record for Steph!

Gold medal is proof that Steph Millward has won her war

Swimmer Steph Millward savoured two battles won after clinching one of six Paralympic gold medals for Great Britain in Rio on Tuesday’s sixth day. Steph claimed her sixth medal and first gold in her third Games, triumphing in the S8 100 metres backstroke in a Paralympic record of one minute 13.02 seconds.

“It’s amazing,” the 34-year-old from Corsham, who won five medals at London 2012, said.

“Three Paralympic Games, 18 years of multiple sclerosis and here I am with that gold medal I’ve been striving for for so long. I wrote a poem ages ago called ‘MS My War’. It said about how we have to keep on striving for winning the war and I think that that swim has just won that war.”

“Hopefully I’m an inspiration for anyone with multiple sclerosis, anyone with a chronic illness. It doesn’t have to be the end of your life even though you have been diagnosed with this thing without a cure. You can keep on fighting whatever happens because inside your heart you can keep on going. Even at 30 and a bit you can realise your dreams. I’ve just proven that.”

Steph is an Ambassador and Patron for Just4Children

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