Scottish crowds can prove the difference at Glasgow 2018, says Hannah Miley
Scottish swimmer Hannah Miley believes the backing of a passionate home support could prove the difference for Britain’s athletes at next year’s Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
Glasgow 2018 is a brand new multi-sport event taking place across Scotland featuring the existing European Championships for Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon plus a new Golf Team championships at Gleneagles.
Swimming events at Glasgow 2018 will be held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre between Friday 3 August 2018 and Thursday 9 August 2018. Tickets start from just £15 for adults and £7.50 for concessions. Buy here.
Miley – who is currently preparing with the British Swimming team ahead of the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest – knows only too well how important a home crowd can be, having competed at Tollcross during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
She won two medals at those games - a gold in the 400m medley and bronze in the 200m medley - and hopes Glasgow 2018 can create even more special memories for athletes and fans alike.
Miley said: “I think having the European Championships on home soil will be brilliant. The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is still a very strong memory for me and that will never, ever leave me.
“It’s not often, as athletes, that you get a major championship with a home crowd, and it really does make all the difference.
“It can be the difference between fourth-place and third, you raise your game when you’ve got a home crowd cheering you.”
With seven sports in total taking place as part of the European Championships, including Athletics which will be hosted in Berlin, there’s a unique chance for athletes to compete in a multi-sport environment.
As a veteran of three Olympic Games, Miley believes having the support of home athletes from different sports can prove crucial to Great Britain’s medal hopes at Glasgow 2018.
She added: “It’s going to be like a mini-Olympics or Commonwealth Games. It really helps to keep the camaraderie between sportspeople alive.
“It’s not just about swimming I think getting behind the other British athletes across the board is really important.”
Next up for Hannah is the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, which gets underway today – although swimming doesn’t start until Sunday 23 July. Live coverage is available on BBC and a full TV schedule can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/swimming/40423389
After narrowly missing out on a bronze medal during last year’s Olympic Games in Rio, the swimmer took some time out to regain her confidence in the pool and is feeling positive heading into this month’s World Championships.
Miley said: “Whenever I go to a competition, the target to be in the top three is always there. I took the hit from Rio pretty hard and I’ve had to sit and reflect on it quite a lot.
“But for me, sport isn’t all about the medals; there is more to it than that. I used to focus so much on being on the podium and having those medals, but I put so much pressure on myself that I lost my spark for swimming.
“Post-Rio, I really had to change that so I did a lot of swimming on my own. There was no coach there, no teammates there, and I just got to play in the water – I really regained my love for the sport.
“I’m going into Budapest with the confidence of knowing that I still love what I do, it’s my job, and regardless of the outcome, I’ll still come away happy.”
A full schedule of Glasgow 2018 events – including Swimming at Tollcross International Swimming Centre - is available here