Why I set myself goals

Rio Paralympics gold medallist Stephanie Millward shares her positive attitude to sport, and life in general.

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1990s, swimmer Stephanie Millward believed her Olympic dream was over. Despite her symptoms – including blindness – she went on to win four silver medals and one bronze at the 2012 London Paralympics, and a gold medal at the Rio Paralympics in September.

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 on what you can do.”