January 16 - Stephen Miller, the captain of Britain's athletics team at the London 2012 Paralympics, has secured a new sponsorship deal which will help plug a gap created after he was dropped from elite funding.
The 32-year-old from Cramlington, who has cerebral palsy, had won the club throw in the F32/51 at Atlanta in 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 and a silver at Beijing 2008.
But he failed to qualify for the final at London 2012.
That led to Miller losing his elite funding from UK Athletics.
But now Speedflex, which offer high-intensity, low-impact resistance exercise machines, and are based in Jesmond have now stepped in to help him as he begins his preparations for Rio 2016.
Speedflex is run by former Newcastle United physiotherapist Paul Ferris and has ex-England captain Alan Shearer (pictured top with Miller) as its ambassador.
Miller's performance at London 2012 was hampered by injury and he needed a hip replacement operation afterwards.
But he is now targeting the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships in Lyon in July.
Shearer, who is the Premier League's record goalscorer having hit 260 during his career, as well as 30 for England, has promised to work with Miller to help him regain his top fitness.
"Steven is a great athlete and a winner, everyone at Speedflex can't wait to help with his training towards Rio 2016," he said.
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August 2012: Inspiring duo Miller and Hinton handed joint-captaincy of ParalympicsGB athletics team
June 2012: Club-throw ace Miller celebrates European title hat-trick in Stadskanaal
June 2011: British Paralympic champion has his wings clipped by KLM
August 2009: New campaign launched for Paralympic champion snubbed in honour's list
September 2008: Miller completes hat-trick of victories