By Duncan Mackay
August 31 - A new campaign has been launched on the internet to try to get an award in the Honour's List for Stephen Miller, who has won three Paralympic gold medals.
It has been launched after Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson last week highlighted the lack of parity between Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists, as reported on insidethegames.
Miller, a 28-year-old from Northumberland, has never been recognised despite having made his debut in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics when, as the youngest member of the British athletics team, he won gold in the F32 club event.
He retained his title in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004 and a silver medal at Beijing last year.
Friends and family have set up a group on social networking site Facebook called “Why was Steven Miller not in the New Years Honours List?”, which has so far attracted more than 200 members.
Miller said: “Obviously, it would be great to receive anything, but it’s not something I personally aspire to.
“The day it happens I will be very pleased, but it’s not something I expect.
“As for the Facebook group, it’s so nice that people recognise my achievements and it’s always nice to have people fighting your corner.”
Miller's mother Ros, who is also his coach, said: “Stephen is very philosophical about it but I feel very disappointed for him because he has worked so hard over the years, in the community and as a role model, yet even after winning three golds he has got nothing.
“I think the campaign for him has well and truly started.”
Britain's Paralympics team last year won 102 medals, including 42 golds, to finish second in the medals table behind China.
In the Olympics, Britain came fourth in the Olympics medal table with a haul of 47 medals, including 19 golds, their best performance since the London Games of 1908.
But while all of Britain's Olympic gold medallists were honoured in some form, 17 of Britain's Paralympic gold medallists did not receive any form of recognition.
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