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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
08 August 1989
165 cm
Inverurie, SCO
Higher education
Sport Studies - Robert Gordon University: Aberdeen, SCO

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three at Garioch Amateur Swimming Club in Inverurie, Scotland
Why this sport?
Her father taught her how to swim.
Club / Team
University of Aberdeen [UAOPS]: Inverurie, SCO
Name of coach
Patrick Miley [club, father]; Bill Furniss [national]

General Interest

Smiley Miley (Instagram profile, 07 Aug 2018;, 07 Oct 2017)
Reading, listening to music, watching movies. (, 01 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Representing Great Britain at three editions of the Olympic Games. (, 02 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her family, particularly her father. (, 12 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
US swimmers Brooke Bennett and Misty Hyman. (, 23 Dec 2010;, 16 Dec 2012)
In September 2018 she underwent surgery after doctors found she had an extra ligament in her ankle. She had suffered from pain in her ankle for two years prior to the operation. (, 07 Nov 2018)

In June 2013 she broke her hand reaching for the wall during a race. (, 24 Jul 2013)

She has had shoulder and knee injuries during her career. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm not the biggest, I'm not the strongest, but I will be the hardest working athlete I can be." (Twitter profile, 08 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In August 2017 she carried the Queen's Baton through Edinburgh ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (, 27 Aug 2017)

She received the JY Coutts Award for outstanding services to Scottish Swimming from Scotland Swimming in September 2014. (, 13 Sep 2014)
Famous relatives
Her brothers Alistair and Joseph have competed in the sport at an elite level, and in 2017 they both were part of the Performance Swimming Team at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Her father Patrick Miley is involved in the sport as a coach. (, 26 Jan 2017)
Other information
In 2017 she spent 12 hours a day in an oxygen tent for four weeks. She left the tent for breakfast and training, but otherwise she remained in there reading from a collection of books. "It is tough because it does interrupt my recovery because my body is constantly having to work. But I think once I come out of the tent I'll go through a bit of an adaptation phase and might see the returns a couple of weeks later. We may try it again depending on the results." (, 07 Oct 2017;, 13 Oct 2017)

In September 2018 she plans to partake in the HUET challenge [Helicopter Escape Training] in Survivex, Aberdeen, to raise money for the Baird Family Hospital Project and SANDS charity. "On a regular basis my dad would take part in HUET as part of his ongoing training. I hugely admire all helicopter pilots especially those who fly out to the oil rigs every day in all weather conditions. In their honour I would like to put myself through this training and to challenge myself to experience it first hand. I have chosen to support SANDS because it is a charity that is close to my family's heart. Sands support is vital in providing devastated families, the care and support they need during a very difficult and distressing time in their lives." (, 07 Jun 2018;, 21 May 2018)