PARALYMPICS: Millward poised for Games bow
6:00am Thursday 30th August 2012 in Latest Sport News
STEPHANIE Millward, who kicks off her Paralympic campaign today, says that she feels in the form of her life as she chases Games glory.
Millward, 30, from Corsham, takes to the pool in the S9 category at the London Aquatics Centre in the 100m butterfly heats this morning before competing in the 100m backstroke tomorrow, the 400m freestyle next Tuesday and the 200m individual medley next Thursday.
She also took part in the Beijing 2008 Paralympics and says that she could not be more prepared to pursue podium places at London 2012.
“I am ready and I’m feeling so positive,” she said. “I’ve trained hard and put all of the hard work in that I needed to, so now I just can’t wait to get going. I’ve never felt this good.
“Being in the village and going to our welcoming ceremony for Team GB was amazing.
“I’ve been spending all my time looking at other athletes thinking ‘are they a swimmer?’ but now it’s time be focused.
“I’m excited though because I know I’ll have the entire country behind me.”
After Millward competes tomorrow, Trowbridge Amateur Swimming Club duo Aaron Moores, 17, and Chloe Davies, 13, will both make their Paralympics bow as they take to the water in the S14 100m backstroke heats.
Davies is also in action in the 200m freestyle on Sunday while Moores is also in action in the 100m breaststroke next Thursday.
On Saturday, Wiltshire wheelchair tennis star Louis Hunt makes her games debut at the purpose-built Eton Manor venue.