Hear why Nathan chose a career in athletics.
Photographed by Bettina von Zwehl
18 May 2010, Barry Island, Wales
One of only two UK athletes to compete at both Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, Stephens was a member of Team GB’s ice sledge hockey team in Turin 2006 and competed as a thrower in Beijing 2008. He has won gold medals for the javelin, discus and shot put at junior and senior national level. Stephens won a gold medal in the javelin at the IPC World Athletics Championships in 2011, a step towards his ambition to be the UK’s greatest Paralympian thrower.
‘When I lost my legs, it was “right, what can we all still do together?” Still played football, rugby with my friends, sitting on the floor as goalkeeper, scooting myself around with a rugby ball in my hands.’
© Bettina von Zwehl/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012