Fighting fit: Paralympian Stephanie Millward

It’s been 18 years in the making, but swimmer Stephanie Millward has finally bagged her gold medal at the Rio Paralympics. Here she shares her fitness tips with Benenden.


After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1990s, swimmer Stephanie Millward believed her Olympic dream was over. 

Working through her symptoms — including blindness — she went on to win four silver medals and a bronze at the 2012 London Paralympics and a gold medal in Rio.

Millward’s fitness tips:

1. Be self-assured
‘Believe in yourself because you can do anything. Make sure that whatever you’re aiming for, you set achievable goals. I love having goals because it feels you’re fighting for something every day.’

2. Have fun
‘Enjoy the experiences you get from exercise. Always have a smile on your face through the hard work.’

3. Everything is possible
‘No matter what condition you have, you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. Never put a limit to what you can do.’

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  • Lynne Heal

    I have always been very positive and fought MS for 44 years NO MS meds ever to slow MS down . I nearly died in 2010 with complications and still carry on fighting . Proud not to have taken MS meds .