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Paralympian dances at wedding
The British Paralympic javelin and discus thrower Nathan Stephens has stunned guests by dancing for the first time in his life - with his bride Charlene on their wedding day. He said he was "more nervous than when I competed in the London Olympics."
Paralympian stuns family with wedding dance
Paralympian Nathan Stephens has spoken of his joy at dancing for the first time in his life with his bride Charlene on their wedding day.
The paralympic javelin and discus thrower had not used his prosthetic legs for years because he finds them too painful - but he was determined to start his married life with a whirl around the dancefloor.
The couple spent spent eight months practising the three-minute route, which reduced their family and friends to tears, as Rupert Evelyn reports.
First dance 'more nerve-wracking than London Games'
There was reportedly not a dry eye in the house as Paralympic athlete Nathan Stephens danced with new wife Charlene for the first time in his life at their wedding reception.
The 25-year-old said he was more nervous taking to the dancefloor than he was when he competed in the London 2012 Games.
Nathan said the three-minute routine was "all a bit new to me", but eventually felt confident enough to throw in a few twirls.
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Paralympic athlete Nathan Stephens danced for the first time in his life with his bride Charlene at their wedding reception on Saturday.
The couple had spent eight months secretly practising the three-minute routine, which reduced family and friends to tears as they watched.
The 25-year-old later admitted: "I was more nervous walking onto the dance floor than when I competed in the London Olympics."
'We'll dance under the stars on our honeymoon'
Nathan Stephens proposed to Charlene, a hospital customer services adviser, at the London Games last year after three years together.
The couple, who now live in Cardiff, married at the Celtic Manor Golf Resort in Newport on Saturday.
After dancing for the first time in his life with Charlene at their reception, Nathan said they now plan to 'dance under the stars' during their Sardinian honeymoon.
Newlywed athlete Nathan Stephens' first ever dance
Paralympic athlete Nathan Stephens stunned guests at his wedding reception by dancing for the first time in his life.
The 25-year-old from Bridgend, who lost both his legs under a train when he was nine, uses a wheelchair and has never danced.
But he and his bride Charlene, 26, who were determined to take to the floor as traditional newlyweds, practised in secret for eight months.
During their reception Nathan left the room to put on a pair of prosthetic legs, which had been hidden from guests.
He then pushed through the pain barrier to dance to their favourite song - 'I Won't Give Up' by Jason Mraz - in front of 130 emotional friends and family members.