Glasgow means everything to Hannah Miley and the darling of Scottish swimming can’t wait to return to the iconic city for the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships.
The Tollcross International Swimming Centre holds special memories for Miley, an Official Ambassador for the event set to thrill across five nights, from 4 to 8 December this year.
The 29-year-old has a handsome record in Scotland’s biggest city, her 2014 Commonwealth Games triumph one of her greatest days and followed up by European long course bronze last summer.
“The one thing I always remember about Glasgow is the support and the noise,” said Miley.
“You have a huge sense of pride even when you’re standing behind the blocks and in that sense doesn’t compare to any other competition.
“I’ve been competing in Glasgow since I was 11 or 12.
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“My whole career has been based around and stemmed from racing quickly in Glasgow and then for Great Britain in major events in that pool.
“I’ve enjoyed every moment of it and it makes you proud to be Scottish that we’ll be hosting such a prestigious event.
Miley has conquered her fair share of adversity already this year, roaring back from serious ankle surgery to claim bronze at the British Championships at Tollcross last month.
And she is a fearsome short-course proposition with eight European and five world medals, three of which were gold, against her name over a decade at the top table.
Having made her debut back in 2005 in Trieste, Italy as a 16-year-old, it holds a special place in Miley’s heart and she credits the Championships with helping her learn the ropes in the pool.
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“Short course events are so fun,” she said.
“You’ve got quite a lot of heavy training under your belt by the time you compete – it’s fast, furious, it’s short distances.
“There are a lot of differences between short and long, it’s like athletes running outdoors and indoors.
“I didn’t medal but I made my first international final in 2005 and AS a youngster, it was great.
“Watching all the top European athletes warming up, it gave me a great opportunity to see what they do, the best in Europe, and how they prepare for major races.
“You don’t get too many opportunities to do that in your career and I can’t wait for December.”
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