PARALYMPIC Games champion Owen Miller confirmed his status as athletics royalty – and shared the experience immediately with his training group.

Following his stunning victory in the T20 1500 meters race in Tokyo last year, in what was his Paralympic Games debut, the talented 30-year-old was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Year Honours List.

The Fife AC and Disability Sport Fife (DSF) member was honoured for services to athletics.

Dunfermline track star Owen, along with his gran, travelled to Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh to receive his medal from HRH Princess Anne, before returning to training at Pitreavie later that evening, where he showed off his accolade to members of his training group, led by his coach, Steve Doig.

After his MBE was announced, Owen told the Press that he was "honoured" and, after thanking his coach, athletics club, family and friends, stated that it was "all still a bit of a dream", and that he was "proud" of his achievements.

Writing on DSF's Facebook page, Pamela Robson, who is a national disability pathway officer with Scottish Athletics, said: "What a special day for Owen!

"Having his achievements recognised at such a level is an honour and will no doubt inspire others around him. Owen actually went from Holyrood to see his training group and share his celebration.

"Owen has always recognised how much his fellow athletes; coach, Steve Doig, and the wider team at Fife Athletic Club has contributed to his success.

"Congratulations Owen! We are all very proud of you and delighted to see you receive this honour."

In Tokyo, Owen ran a time of three minutes and 54.57 seconds to cross the line in the gold-medal position, ahead of the world and European champion, Alexandr Rabotnitskii, of the Russian Paralympic Committee, and Italy’s Ndiaga Dieng.