Ambassadorial role for triple gold medallist

The Cramlington athlete, who won gold for the club throw at the Athens, Sydney and Atlanta Games and was captain of the GB men's athletics squad at the 2012 Paralympics, will become a new college ambassador, representing the face of its Paralympics’ legacy.

Gold medal champion Stephen, who has cerebral palsy, will be drawing on his own exceptional achievements and triumphs to inspire a new generation and show how hard work, commitment and dedication enables people to achieve success and their potential.

He will also become involved in the volunteer academy, working closely to support college students who give up their free time to help out at local school and community groups by offering sessions to primary schools in Gateshead.

Other work will see him provide support for the college’s new Sports Ability Club, which works closely with Cedars Community Sports College, Dilston College and Hilltop School, as well as being open to any person with a disability who wants to participate in sport.

The partnership with Stephen is the latest formed with top UK sports people and follows the first education programme now underway with Dame Kelly Holmes and her Kelly Holmes Education team.

This is already helping to put sports students in the fast lane to success through a series of workshops covering nutrition, interview techniques, fitness and the impact sports psychology has on personal performance.

Stephen Miller said: “This promises to be a very interesting venture for everyone involved. It’s such an exciting time to join with the college and I’m looking forward to working with the students and helping them as best I can.

“There will be lots of possibilities and opportunities next year to get involved and I hope that my own story can be an inspiration and motivation for all the students to realise that they can achieve and be successful in life despite difficulties or set-backs.”

Gateshead College’s deputy principal Judith Doyle said: “We’re very excited and honoured that Stephen has agreed to be an ambassador for the college. The support and insight he will offer our students will be invaluable, not only to those with a sporting interest, but to students as his journey is so remarkable.

“As a leading sports college in the region, this new partnership marks an important next step in our Olympic and Paralympic legacy that will support and inspire the next generation of sporting talent.” 

To view Stephen's poem he created for the paralympics click the link below:

http://paralympics.channel4.com/video/key-moments/videoid=1236995/index.html