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'Dream come true' for Bath Paralympian

It’s been a crazy night and absolutely perfect – like a dream come true.

The 100m backstroke is something I’ve always wanted to win. I’ve come second at it at the Worlds and second at the Paralympics and it’s quite depressing always coming second, and now I’ve got a gold to show off.

Then to be part of that medley team which took six seconds off the world record, you can’t get better than that. It was fantastic."

– Stephanie Millward.

Bath Paralympian takes 4 golds at World Champs

Stephanie Millward. Credit: ITV News West Country

Bath-based swimmer Stephanie Millward from Corsham has won four golds at the World Championships in Montreal.

First she took gold in the S9 100m backstroke and she followed that up by helping the British team to gold in a world record time of 4:46.21 in the 34 points 4x100m medley relay

Earlier in the championships Millward collected golds in the S9 100m freestyle and the 34 points 4x100m freestyle relay, as well as a silver in the SM9 200m individual medley.

Stephanie won five medals at London 2012 to become Team GB's most-decorated athlete.


Corsham turns out to honour Stephanie

Paralympian swimmer Stephanie Millward in Corsham Credit: ITV Westcountry

Parlaympian swimmer Stephanie Millward this morning described her home town's turnout as 'unbelievable' at the start of a parade in her honour. The five-times medallist at London 2012 was speaking before receiving the Honorary Freedom of the Parish of Corsham.

Stephanie told ITV News Westcountry: "It shows the support that they've always had in me. They've been behind me the whole way. I went to school here and it's an honour that everyone has come out today."

The swimmer, who was diagnosed with mutiple sclerosis at the age of 17, said she wanted to inspire other people and to encourage them not to give up.

" I've beaten MS, nothing can stop me, you can do anything if you believe in yourself", she said.


Millward's silver hat-trick

Stephanie Millward (left), Gold Medalist Natalie Du Toit and Bronze Medalist Louise Watkin. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Corsham's Stephanie Millward won her third silver medal of the Paralympic Games last night in the Women's 200m Individual Medley SM9 final.

The 30-year-old once again finished behind her South African rival Natalie Du Toit.

Millward's other silver medals came in the 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke, and she also claimed a bronze as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay.