Tyneside Paralympian Stephen Miller is to be given Honorary Freedom of Gateshead after councillors voted to give him the highest honour they could.
Former Northumbria University student Stephen Miller has won three gold medals, one silver and one bronze.
– Stephen Miller
“I’ve always been incredibly proud to be from the North East and the support I’ve received from Gateshead Harriers and the borough as a whole has been invaluable to me. I’m delighted that Gateshead has agreed to honour me in this way. This year was always going to be special as I’m getting married in August but this will be the icing on the cake.”
Stephen’s greatest achievement was coming from fourth place to win a silver medal with his last throw at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. He trained in Gateshead for more than 15 years and is a lifetime member of Gateshead Harriers.
– Council Leader Mick Henry
“Stephen is an outstanding individual. There are very few people in the whole world who have competed at five Paralympic Games and even fewer with such an impressive list of medals. He has been and continues to be an inspirational athlete and I think that this honour is greatly deserved.”
Stephen joins Jonathan Edwards, Brendan Foster and Bob Moncur on the list of sporting Freemen of Gateshead. Stephen will be formally awarded Freedom of the Borough during a ceremony at Gateshead International Stadium on June 25.