Region’s top paralympian picture of success in new exhibition

 

The inspirational life of a Cramlington Paralympic gold medallist is being celebrated in pictures in a new exhibition at one of the North East’s leading sports facilities.

North-East based photographer Dan Prince spent a year with athlete and paralympian Stephen Miller, capturing 12 months of the champion’s life on camera.

The eye-catching images span Stephen’s training, competitive spirit, relaxing at home and receiving the Key to Gateshead.

100% Stephen Miller is a free exhibition open to the public at Gateshead College’s Academy for Sport at Gateshead International Stadium, which runs from 18th August until 5th September (6am until 10pm Monday-Friday and 8:30am-5:30pm Saturday). 

At the exhibition’s exclusive opening at Gateshead College’s Baltic Campus, Dan said: “This is a celebration of Stephen, his achievements, great character and lust for life.

The aim of the exhibition is to reflect in a visual way his motivation and inspirational outlook on life to local public before taking it to venues across the UK.”

Stephen, who has cerebral palsy, began his sports career after being inspired by watching Linford Christie win Olympic gold in the 100 metres in 1992, when he was 12 years old.

He is now an ambassador for Gateshead College as well as continuing to compete in field athletics, primarily the F32 Club Throw, which is the equivalent to throwing the javelin for an able-bodied athlete.

He has represented Great Britain for over 15 years, competing in five Paralympic Games, five World Championships and the European Championships - so far winning 25 international medals.

Alongside his wife Rachel, Stephen has also used his life experiences to set up SMILE Through Sport – a community interest company with the aim to inspire, educate and promote enjoyment of disability sport.

Stephen said: “The photographs that Dan has taken are fantastic and I am flattered that he asked me to be a part of this. I hope that the exhibition inspires people to get involved in sport, no matter what their ability levels are.

“I think the choice to display the exhibition at the Academy for Sport is great as they do so much for sport in the region, providing opportunities for young people to participate in different sports, both professionally and as a leisure pursuit.”

Lewis Pendleton, head of the Gateshead Academy for Sport, said: “Stephen has worked closely with us for a long time and we are thrilled to have the first showing of the exhibition here at the Gateshead College Academy for Sport.

“We are very proud to have him as an ambassador for Gateshead College and this fantastic collection of photographs really capture his spirit and great work, not only in sport, but his uncanny ability to galvanise and motivate people in all walks of life.”

The 100% Stephen Miller exhibition is sponsored by Gateshead College, The Works, Digitalab and Smile Through Sport.