Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Hannah Miley recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

World, European and Commonwealth medallist, Hannah Miley, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Miley, who retired from competitive swimming in December last year, has been given the award for services to swimming and women in sport.

Miley said of the award,

"I feel a huge sense of honour and pride to be nominated for an MBE. It felt emotional, almost like the moment on the podium at Glasgow 2014. It’s not until moments like these, when you get the chance to reflect back, you realise what an amazing, emotional and life changing journey it has been. The fact I’m being honoured for not just my swimming career but the work within Women in Sport, I feel an overwhelming sense of pride and purpose following retirement from competitive swimming."

With 28 medals at World, European and Commonwealth levels, Miley is the most decorated Scottish woman ever in swimming. She said of her sporting achievements leading to her championing Women in Sport,

"Sport led me to find a passion around female health and education.  I never set out on this path with the expectation of being rewarded but wanting to make an impact and empower girls and women in sport.

"The workshops and talks delivered during lockdown gave me the opportunity not only to refocus myself while the pools remained shut but the chance to discover that new passion. My target is always to give girls and women the opportunity to enjoy and embrace being female while educating and future proofing their health."

2022 will certainly be a year of celebration for Miley with her wedding and an MBE to look forward to. Miley said,

"To celebrate I think it will be a family affair, surrounded by loved ones. The wedding planning, talks and workshops are keeping me busy, and this accolade has given me a huge confidence boost and I feel really proud and motivated to continue on my new journey."

Congratulations to Hannah and to all those receiving honours in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.