Paralympic athletes Stephen Miller MBE and Graeme Ballard have been inducted into Cerebral Palsy Sport Hall of Fame at our Awards evening on 6th October 2018 – World Cerebral Palsy Day.
Stephen Miller MBE
Stephen has represented Great Britain for over 20 years, competing in 6 Paralympic Games, 7 World Championships and 6 European Championships – so far winning 28 international medals. He has won 3 Paralympic titles in a row and held the F32 Club Throw world record from 1997-2008 and more recently he has just won a bronze medal at the IPC European Championships in Italy in June 2016 and he was honoured in the 2016 New Years Honours List by Her Majesty the Queen with an MBE.
In July 2016 Stephen was named as part of the Great Britain team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and brought home a truly well deserved Bronze medal.
Stephen has had a fabulous 2018 season and kicked it off in fine still with a season best throw of 30.11m to win gold at the 2018 World Para Athletics Dubai Athletics Grand Prix. He ended the season with an incredible Silver medal at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin.
Ali Talbot, CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said of Stephen:
“Stephen is a true ambassador for para athletics, club throwing and for Cerebral Palsy Sport. Stephen still takes part in our athletics series events and is incredibly encouraging to younger athletes who may be starting their sporting journey or taking part in an event for the first time. He is a truly respectful competitor and always acknowledges the contribution the officials and volunteers give to our events. We are delighted to bestow this honour of being inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2018 and it is so well deserved”.
Speaking of his Cerebral Palsy Sport Hall of Fame award, Stephen said:
“It was CP Sport that helped me to get into sport and they provided me with my earliest opportunities on my sporting journey, so to receive this award is a truly proud moment for me. I know how important sport is for people with cerebral palsy, and I hope others can take inspiration from my story and have their own sporting journey. As always I have to dedicate this award to all those that have supported me, especially my parents who are my heroes.”
Emily Stewart collected Stephen’s award on his behalf.
It is fitting in the year where Graeme hung up his competitive spikes after 14 years of international para athletics, that we honour him with the Hall of Fame award.
After taking up athletics at the age of 19 through a Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics event, Graeme’s para athletics career has gone from strength to strength.
Graeme first ran the Cerebral Palsy Sport nationals in September 1999 and has been a member of CP since then. He competed at CPISRA games in 2001 and gained 3 medals – 2 individual medals and 1 relay.
His roll of achievements are recorded as:
- 2002 World Championships in Lille 1 Bronze medal
- 2003 European Championships in Assen 2 silver and 1 bronze
- 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens – won 1 bronze
- 2005 Combined World & European Championships in Espoo – won 2 Gold medals and 1 recognised for World and 1 for European
- 2006 World Championships in Assen – won 1 Silver
- 2012 European Championships in Holland – won 1 silver 1 bronze
- 2012 Broke the world record 11.98 and won Paralympics Silver medal
- 2013 World Championships – won 1 Bronze
- 2014 European Championships in Swansea – 2 Silvers
- 2016 European Championships in Grossetto 2 silver
Although Graeme missed out on medals in 2008 and 2016 he was still a member of the British Para Athletics team and also a member of the team at the World Championships in Christchurch, Doho and London where he came in 4th at all three competitions only just missing out on the medals.
In August 2018 Graeme won an incredible Gold medal at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin for the T36 100m with a season’s best time of 12.32 seconds seeing him ease to the line clear of the rest of the field.
Speaking of Graeme’s achievements, Ali Talbot CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:
” We are delighted to be able to honour Graeme’s remarkable para athletics career and all his achievements by inducting into our Hall of Fame. Graeme is a true ambassador for para athletics and he supports so many of our SportStart events to inspire and encourage children and young people with cerebral palsy by sharing his message. He also supports our National Athletics Championships by coming along and presenting medals to younger athletes who aspire to achieve what he has. We wish Graeme well as he hangs up his international competitive spikes and we look forward to supporting him in his next endeavours”.
Graeme spoke of his pride of receiving this honour. He said:
“It is a great honour and a privilege to be nominated into the Hall of Fame. I hope that I can do justice to the role and look forward to seeing everyone at weekend.”