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Hannah
Miley
Great BritainGreat Britain, GBR
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
08 August 1989
Height
165 cm
Family
Partner Euan Duff
Residence
Inverurie, SCO
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Sport Studies - Robert Gordon University: Aberdeen, SCO

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
Her father first taught her to swim in Inverurie, Scotland. "I learned to swim in Aviemore and my first club was Garioch ASC. It was the local club where I lived in Inverurie, and I took part in council lessons in the same pool the club trained in and so I joined from there. My earliest memory is of going to council lessons at the local pool in Inverurie. I wasn't a fan of the deep end of the pool. When you're little it's quite daunting. I eventually overcame that fear though."
Why this sport?
"I love the racing and it's going to sound weird but I love the buzz you get once you finish a tough set. It's such a different sport that I like that difference and setting myself apart from normal people. I love how you work and race as an individual but you're still part of a team and the support you get from your team is amazing."
Club / Team
University of Aberdeen [UAOPS]: Inverurie, SCO
Name of coach
Patrick Miley [club, father]; Bill Furniss [national]
Training Regime
She trains in the pool twice a day.

General Interest

Nicknames
Smiley Miley, Hammy (Instagram profile, 07 Aug 2018; scotsman.com, 07 Oct 2017; telegraph.co.uk, 01 Jan 2012)
Hobbies
Reading, listening to music, watching movies, playing sudoku. (britishswimming.org, 02 Aug 2018; thescottishsun.co.uk, 01 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Representing Great Britain at three editions of the Olympic Games, winning silver in the 400m individual medley at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China, and gold in the same event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (britishswimming.org, 02 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her family, particularly her father. "I would not be swimming if it were not for him and I would simply not be as good a swimmer if he was not my coach." (scottishswimming.com, 01 Jan 2018; scottishswimming.com, 12 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
US swimmers Brooke Bennett and Misty Hyman. (bestswimcentre.com, 23 Dec 2010; teamgb.com, 16 Dec 2012)
Injuries
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. (bbc.co.uk, 07 Nov 2018)

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

She has suffered injuries to her shoulder, knee, finger and hand in her career. (britishswimming.org, 02 Aug 2018; 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, Scotland, ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (thescottishsun.co.uk, 27 Aug 2017)

She received the JY Coutts Award for outstanding services to Scottish Swimming from Scotland Swimming in September 2014. (swimswam.com, 13 Sep 2014)

She was named the Scottish Sportsperson of the Year in 2010. (scottishswimming.com, 01 Jan 2018)
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 competed as a triathlete when he was in the army, and has coached swimming at elite level. (scottishswimming.com, 26 Jan 2017; telegraph.co.uk, 01 Jan 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (eveningexpress.co.uk, 13 Nov 2018; dailyrecord.co.uk, 12 Nov 2017)
Other information
FUNDING CUT AND INJURY
In September 2018 she was left out of British Swimming's world-class performance squad, meaning she lost her UK Sport National Lottery funding. She also underwent ankle surgery in September 2018, which was expected to take up to a year to recover fully from. She was able to return to the pool after several months, but has had to adapt her training under her father Patrick. "It's a challenge, but I like challenges. Moving forward is the key message I've always wanted to say. I think the fact I've gone this far in my career without having anything as major as this [injury] is pretty impressive. It's allowed me to change my training and I'm a lot stronger in the gym now. It's allowed me to look at my sport with fresh eyes and onwards for Tokyo [2020]." (scotsman.com, 24 Sep 2018; pressandjournal.co.uk, 13 Nov 2018; eveningexpress.co.uk, 13 Nov 2018)

AGE NO BARRIER
She went into the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, hoping to win a third consecutive gold medal in the 400m individual medley at the Games, but ended up winning silver. She said the result did not disappoint her despite the pressure, and hoped her longevity served as an inspiration. "I have no regrets, none whatsoever. There was expectation and pressure for me to come and win that gold and I was always worried that, if I didn't achieve that, I would be seen as a disappointment. But there's nobody really in the Commonwealth still swimming the 400m [individual] medley at the age of 28, so to be on the podium for the third time after 12 years of racing the event, it's kind of nice to know that I'm still a contender, still up there trying to be the best in the Commonwealth, be the best I can be. I want people to know that I'm still a fighter. I might not be the tallest, I might not be the strongest but I'll always be the hardest working athlete I can possibly be. I hope to make an impression on people and show that age is just a number. You can still work hard, you can still achieve dreams, achieve goals, no matter what your age." (dailyrecord.co.uk, 06 Apr 2018)

HUET CHALLENGE
In September 2018 she took part in the HUET challenge [Helicopter Escape Training] at Survivex Limited, a training provider in Aberdeen, Scotland, to raise money for the Baird Family Hospital Project and SANDS charity. Her father and coach, Patrick, is a helicopter pilot. "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. SANDS support is vital in providing devastated families with the care and support they need during a difficult and distressing time in their lives." (swimmersdaily.com, 04 Sep 2018; Twitter profile, 06 Jun 2018; survivex.com, 07 Jun 2018; justgiving.com, 21 May 2018)