MILEY Hannah < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Scotland   
Gender Women
Born 08 Aug 1989 in Swindon, ENG
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
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 Aviemore, Scotland, at age three. "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. 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 Performance Swim Team: Scotland
Name of coach Patrick Miley [father], GBR
Training Regime She swims up to 15,000m 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, spending time with her dog. (britishswimming.org, 02 Aug 2018; thescottishsun.co.uk, 01 Apr 2018; fitrwoman.com, 01 Mar 2020)
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 winning 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." (bestcentresports.com, 19 Dec 2019; scottishswimming.com, 01 Jan 2018, 12 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol US swimmers Brooke Bennett and Misty Hyman. (bestswimcentre.com, 23 Dec 2010; teamgb.com, 16 Dec 2012)
Injuries In October 2020 she underwent shoulder surgery due to a rotator cuff tear. She had been swimming with the injury for around two years, but the tear was not diagnosed until 2020. (Instagram profile, 02 Nov 2020, 02 Dec 2020; swimswam.com, 04 Nov 2020)

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 shoulder, knee and finger injuries during 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 2019 she was named one of Scotland's top 10 sportswomen of the decade by Scottish newspaper The National. (thenational.scot, 29 Dec 2019)

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)

In September 2014 she received the JY Coutts Award from Scottish Swimming for outstanding services to the sport in Scotland. (swimswam.com, 13 Sep 2014)
Famous relatives Her younger brothers Alastair and Joseph have both represented Great Britain in swimming, and both competed at the 2017 Mare Nostrum event in Barcelona, Spain. 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; SportsDeskOnline, 05 May 2021)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (eveningexpress.co.uk, 13 Nov 2018)
Other information RIO HEARTACHE
She narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal in the 400m individual medley at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. In 2019 she said it had taken her two years to come to terms with the disappointment. "I came fourth by 15 hundredths of a second. It was a brutal race. But I reflect back on it now with a lot more pride. My life goal is being on that Olympic podium. To not get that, I was in this state of, 'This is all unfair, what's the point?' All that hard work and training up to that point to then not get it. I came to the realisation that sport for me is more than just a materialistic item. It has given me a lot of appreciation to what I define my career as and the type of athlete that I am. Just because I didn't have a medal, it wasn't the end of the world. So that was kind of a big turning point. But again, it took me two years to kind of figure that out." (thenational.scot, 24 Nov 2019)

LOW MORALE IN 2019
She encountered a difficult start to 2019 due to injury, but in 2020 she said she had overcome her struggles. "Looking back at 2019 it was a year of big hurdles. This time last year [January 2019] I wanted nothing to do with racing. My foot was not long out of the space boot and the thought of racing wasn't on my radar. I was scared, scared of seeing my times being slower than what I wanted, scared I wouldn't get back to the same form of fitness and speed in the water. I was scared of just not being good enough anymore. It was a real battle. My heart still wanted to be in the pool but my head was cautious and unsure. Slowly but surely I found a way to look at things slightly differently, and I really started to enjoy it. I've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. One last shot to give it my all. And this time I can do it with confidence, confidence in myself." (pressandjournal.co.uk, 13 Dec 2019; Instagram profile, 13 Jan 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She offers one-to-one coaching, club talks, and land training sessions including pilates. (Facebook page, 02 May 2021)