London Paralympic star Stephanie Millward happy to be home in Bath
London 2012 star Stephanie Millward says it is like "coming home" after returning to the Bath club where her stellar swimming career began, writes Neil Rose.
The five-time Paralympic medalist is back in training with the Aquae Sulis Performance Swimming Club, which was known as Team Bath when Millward competed for them as a teenager in the 1990s.
She left after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and, upon her return to competitive swimming in 2008, joined the Swansea High Performance Centre.
But despite enjoying great success during her time in Wales, Millward wanted to be closer to her Corsham roots and is thrilled to be back in Bath.
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"I've been away for four years and it is wonderful to be home," said Millward, who has moved into a house in Combe Down with fiance Adrian McHugh.
"Swansea was lovely but all my family and friends are from around here and I felt miles away from them.
"It's nice to be training at the University of Bath again. The likes of Mark Foster and Paul Palmer were here when I was younger and now there are more international swimmers coming through the Intensive Training Centre.
"I haven't joined them – I don't think I'd be able to as a non able-bodied swimmer – but I would have chosen to go with the Age Group squad rather than the elite swimmers anyway. They are up-and-comers and have endless amounts of energy, which is just what I need around me!"
Millward, who trained alongside Ellie Simmonds at Swansea under the guidance of Billy Pye, will be coached by Martin Mosey at Aquae Sulis.
"It is easy at a High Performance Centre because everything you need is there but swimming at Bath will be easy as well," added Millward.
An Aquae Sulis spokesman said: "Obviously Stephanie has a wealth of experience and her presence will benefit the swimmers in the programme in many ways."
One of her new team-mates, Daniella Whiting, has earned a first international call-up after being selected to represent England at next week's WISE Schools event.