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Tyneside Paralympic hero inspires next generation

Stephen Miller and pupils at Emmaville Primary in Ryton Credit: London 2017

Stephen Miller visited Emmaville Primary School in Ryton to show off his six Games medals - and inspire the next generation of sports stars.

The Tyneside Paralympian claimed his sixth career Paralympic medal with bronze in the club throw at Rio 2016 last summer.

The 36-year-old’s visit was part of a series of special school visits by top British athletes as London 2017 Ltd, the International Paralympic Committee, the IAAF search for a 6-15-year-old to design one mascot for the World Para Athletics Championships - and one for the IAAF World Championships London 2017.

Pupils held a question and answer session with Stephen Miller as he continues in training to try and qualify for the World Para Athletics Championships this summer.

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“I had a great time with the pupils at Emmaville Primary School.

I really enjoy going into schools like this one and giving an insight into my career as well as inspiring young people to get involved with sport." “The children were really engaging and asked some great questions. It is fantastic to have the World Para Athletics Championships in London and hopefully they will be encouraged to watch and become more active.

– Stephen Miller

"It was very exciting to have Stephen take time out of his training to come to our school.

It was a great opportunity for the pupils to learn about such a successful local athlete and also gain an insight into what it takes to get to the top of sport.

“Stephen was gracious and enjoyed a good laugh or two with the pupils. He is a credit to athletics and, inspired by his visit and being from the north east, we’ll be following him closely all the way to the Championships.”

– Avril Armstrong, head teacher at Emmaville Primary School

About the London 2017 World Championships

The World Para Athletics Championships run from 14-23 July at the London Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the IAAF World Championships following at the same venue from 4-13 August to mark the biggest sporting event of the year.

The biggest event to be staged at the London Stadium since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – it is the first time both Championships have been held in the same city.