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Millward wins first ever Paralympic gold medal

Stephanie Millward proudly displaying her gold medal Credit: PA

Wiltshire's Stephanie Millward ended her long wait for a Paralympic Gold last night, by winning the S8 100 metres backstroke.

She's competing in her third games and narrowly missed out on setting a new world record.

The 34 year-old from Corsham has been living with MS for 18 years.


Cornwall's Reid takes bronze as US athlete falls

Reid and Waters power through to a bronze medal as Elizabeth Baker falls Credit: PA

There was some success for Melissa Reid from Porthtowan in Cornwall in the PT5 Triathlon final this afternoon.

She took bronze with support from her guide Nicole Waters, after USA's Elizabeth Baker took a fall.

But they couldn't quite catch fellow Brit Alison Patrick who took silver.

West Paralympians compete on the first day of Rio

Wiltshire teenager Polly Maton has finished in seventh in the women's T47 long jump final.

The 16-year-old, from Urchfont, was a surprise selection for Paralympics GB and jumped a best distance of 5.10m on her debut at the Paralympic Games.

Credit: Polly Maton

Meanwhile Bath-based swimming Aaron Moores failed to qualify for the final of S14 100m backstroke.

The silver medallist in the event at London 2012 was tipped as a medal chance, but finished fifth in his heat.

The 22-year-old will now turn his attention to the breaststroke - something he has been training hard for.

Aaron Moores will try his luck again in the breaststoke Credit: John Walton/PA


Plymouth chosen to host National Paralympic Day celebrations

Great Britain Paralympic medal winners Jade Etherington (left) and her guide Caroline Powell (second left) with Charlotte Evans (second from right) and Kelly Gallagher arrive back at Heathrow Airport after the winter paralympics in Sochi. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Plymouth has been chosen to host celebrations for National Paralympic Day.

The city is just one of three who will play a starring role in the celebrations when it hosts a jam-packed day of activity at the Piazza on July 25.

Visitors will be able to enjoy free interactive and fun activities that replicate different aspects of Paralympic sport.

The day runs from 10am-5pm and fans will be encouraged to have a go and test their skills to learn more about some of the extraordinary talents of our Paralympic athletes.

I’m delighted that we are taking celebrations for National Paralympic Day to Plymouth for the very first time.

Anyone is welcome to come along and get involved, and it’s a great way for everyone to find out more about the sports that they’ll be watching in Rio in just over a year’s time.

– Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association
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