Hannah Miley Announces Retirement

December 1, 2021

Hannah Miley has announced her retirement from competitive swimming.

Miley enjoyed an illustrious career as part of Team Scotland, starting with the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games and finishing at the Gold Coast in 2018.

The Youth Games, held in Bendigo, Australia, was a springboard for the Inverurie swimmer, taking home a silver and two bronze medals before going on to make her full Commonwealth Games debut with a fourth placed finish in Melbourne 2006.

She pushed on to win gold at both the Dehli 2010 and Glasgow 2014 Games, becoming the first Scot to win Commonwealth swimming gold in Scotland with a memorable home swim, before winning a third straight 400m individual medley medal with silver at Gold Coast 2018.

Miley also has three Olympic appearances to add to the four Commonwealth Games events, finishing 6th, 5th and 4th at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 respectively.

The most decorated Scottish swimmer ever, with 28 medals at World, European and Commonwealth levels, she also held Scottish records on all four strokes and medley during her career, and is still the Scottish standard bearer in seven events covering medley and all strokes barring backstroke.

Hannah said: “There’s a special place these victories have in my heart and it’s not just the medal wins. The 2014 one especially, I will never forget hearing the crowd crystal clear underwater on that last 50m turn. Those are the moments that mean so much to me.

“There is something quite powerful when a Scot hears the national anthem, you take stock of the hard work and effort that has gone in to be able to enjoy that moment.”

Jon Doig, Chief Executive Officer at Commonwealth Games Scotland, said: “We wish Hannah the very best in the next lap of her career.

“She is an inspiration not only for what she has achieved but how she has done it and is a fantastic ambassador for Team Scotland.

“She will be recognised as a giant of Scottish sport.”

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