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Major funding boost for disability sport

Paralympic medalist Stephen Miller Credit: Leon Neal/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A disability sport organisation started by Paralympian Stephen Miller is to receive more than £165 from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport fund.

SMILE (Stephen Miller Inspiring Learning and Enjoyment) Through Sport is one of 44 projects sharing £8 million of National Lottery investment.

Paralympian Miller launches disability sport organisation

Paralympian Stephen Miller has started a disability sport organisation. The three-time gold medalist has launched the project with his wife Rachel.

The couple founded a community interest company called 'SMILE Through Sport' to inspire disabled people to get into sport. He is well placed to advise too - Stephen is currently training for the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Video credit: SMILE Through Sport


Paralympian launches disability sport organisation

Paralympian Stephen Miller has started a disability sport organisation as a way of giving back to the North East.

Miller, who is a three-time gold medal winning Paralympian, is starting the project after a very busy 2013. He tied the knot to his partner Rachel, had a hip operation and there was a World Championship too. He is now training for the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

The couple have founded a Community Interest Company; SMILE Through Sport. This organisation aims to inspire and educate the North East through disability sport.


Full Report: Paralympian prepares to walk down the aisle

The Paralympian Stephen Miller has prepared for some big days in his time, but perhaps none will be bigger than his wedding.

Stephen and his fiancee Rachel will tie the knot tomorrow on Tyneside.

Alongside the usual arrangements, Stephen has been working towards another goal - getting out of his wheelchair, and walking down the aisle alongside his new wife.

Helen Ford has been to talk to the couple - watch her full report below.

Shearer: "What's he doing getting married on the day of a Newcastle home game?"

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has wished Paralympian Stephen Miller well ahead of his wedding tomorrow.

Stephen has been working on his strength so that he can walk his bride-to-be, Rachel Toland, down the isle.

Alan Shearer Credit: ITV

Alan joked about Stephen's 'mistake' of organising a wedding on the same day as a Newcastle United match.

Full Report: Gateshead honours Paralympian Stephen Miller

Our three times Paralympic Champion Stephen Miller has been honoured for his sporting achievements - by the town that has adopted him as its own.

There are only 20 Freemen of Gateshead - today Stephen became the 21st.

The ceremony was held at the International Stadium which has been his training base for almost 20 years.

You can watch the full report from Lucy Taylor below.

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