13 December 2021

Communities Committee pays tribute to incredible spirit and legacy of Hannah Miley on retirement

Aberdeenshire Council’s Communities Committee has paid tribute to the “incredible spirit” and inspiring career of local star Hannah Miley on the news of her retirement from competitive swimming.

The 32-year-old Double Commonwealth champion, European and World Medallist and triple Olympic swimmer announced her retirement from the sport this week.

Hannah grew up and started her swimming career in Aberdeenshire, attending Inverurie Academy and joining the local swimming club at a young age.

She won six gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze medals across world and European championships, Commonwealth Games, World Cup, European Junior and Commonwealth Youth events.

Locals have watched her achievements with pride over the years and she was invited to celebrate the opening of the town’s newest sporting facility at Inverurie Community Campus in 2020.

Chair of the Communities Committee, Councillor Anne Stirling, said: “It’s hard to fathom the level of dedication and the incredible spirit Hannah has shown throughout her impressive career.

“A career as a professional athlete is not an easy one, requiring sacrifice in many other areas of life, so I’m sure Hannah will have a long list of things she would like to achieve after competitive swimming.

“On behalf of Aberdeenshire Council, I want to extend my thanks to her for many exciting years at the top of the sport, representing the country and this area so well.

“So many of us have spent time watching her compete and cheering her on and we wish her the very best for the future – she leaves a fantastic legacy behind which will hopefully provide inspiration for future Aberdeenshire sports stars.”  

Committee vice chair and Inverurie and District councillor, Judy Whyte, said: “Inverurie is very proud of its association with Hannah, as is the whole of Aberdeenshire.

“We are all very proud of everything she has achieved, and she will always have a special place in our hearts.

“On behalf of the local community we wish her all the best on her retirement and good luck in everything she does from this point on.

“She has been and I’m sure will continue to be a fantastic role model for younger generations, showing true grit and determination to achieve her dreams.”