Miley hopes to return to the international stage at Glasgow 2019 – LEN

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Hannah Miley

Miley hopes to return to the international stage at Glasgow 2019

Hannah Miley believes using the LEN European Short Course Championships as a target will help her in her road back to international competition.

The 30-year-old, who is an Official Ambassador for the event which is taking place from December 4-8 in Glasgow, has had a turbulent year which saw her have ankle surgery to remove a ligament.

As such Miley is hopeful the championships will provide an opportunity for her to find out where her form is in front of a home crowd.

“It allowed me to feel a little bit more refreshed and renewed so I can start this season feeling a lot more set in certain of what my body is able to do and what it is capable of doing,” Miley said.

“I’m starting back up in the season, I’m looking forward to seeing where I can take it and who knows what the year will hold for me.

“To have the LEN European Short Course championships in December for this part of the season it would be an awesome goal to have.

“It would allow me to have a little target to work towards and it just keeps me moving forward.

“For me, my main motto has been keep moving forward so if I was to be selected for the team it would certainly give me another opportunity just to practice more racing and getting more international racing.

“I wasn’t able to race as much internationally so it would give me another level of just getting back out there which would be great.

“Not many athletes get to have that opportunity to represent their country in front of a home crowd.

“The team for us has not been selected yet and I don’t know whether I’ll be on the team or not but even if I’m not on the team, I still want to be there to support and be there as part of the atmosphere and part of the excitement of the crowd.

“It’s a great opportunity for any athlete to get to wear your team colours, hearing your name being called and just the noise erupting from the crowd.

“It’s a very special moment and one that stays with an athlete for a very long time.”

The Tokyo Olympic Games are on the horizon with Miley chasing the one medal that has eluded her in her career thus far with fifth and fourth place finishes in the 400m individual medley London and Rio.

However, after her turbulent year with injury Miley is hoping to use the LEN European Short Course championships to help her readjust to international competition.

“In the lead-up to Tokyo next year, I think this event is important,” Miley added.

“It’s an opportunity for athletes to get international experience and race against fellow competitors that you could potentially be racing against at the Olympic Games.

“It’s another opportunity to get race ready, to find out what processes you need to go through to fine tune your event, to work out the kinks and make sure that when you step up on the blocks that you know you’re ready to go.

“So, for us we’re using the LEN European Short Course championships as a stepping stone towards the goal of racing at an Olympic Games.”