For Hannah Miley it may well be a fifth World Championships of a career spanning more than a decade but the 27-year-old goes into the event in Budapest with renewed energy and belief.
It was in the same city in 2006 when Miley made her senior international debut, at a European Championships, yet 11 years on and the Aberdeen-based swimmer possesses the same drive and determination she always has.
Rather than take a break after last summer’s Olympic Games, Miley was straight back into the water and used her training to rediscover the “love” for the sport that has inspired her to multiple international medals including a World Championship silver in 2011.
“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,” said Miley.
“In the past I’ve focused on the outcome rather than the process. I’ve had to sit and reflect on it quite a lot. My focus now isn’t all about the medals, there is more to it than that and that is what I’ve shifted.”
Miley’s decision to get back into the water so soon after the Olympics is one that paid has dividends, and, with a new mind set in place, Miley heads to the World Championships with renewed confidence.
While many of her fellow competitors called a day on their international careers in the aftermath of the Rio Games, retirement was never an option for Miley.
“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,” said Miley.
“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 looking forward to competing at the Worlds and lining up on those blocks relaxed and with a smile on my face.”
Hannah will gather with her team mates this week in Edinburgh for a camp designed to finalise preparations while reinforcing the team dynamic.The British Swimming team of 27 will base themselves at the Royal Commonwealth Pool for four days before travelling on to Budapest.
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The British Swimming team will compete at the FINA World Championships from 23-30 July 2017. The team comprises:
Freya Anderson Ellesmere College Titans
Charlotte Atkinson Loughborough University
Georgia Davies Loughborough University
Kathleen Dawson University of Stirling
Nick Grainger City of Sheffield Swim Squad
Luke Greenbank National Centre Loughborough
James Guy National Centre Bath
Holly Hibbott Stockport Metro
Calum Jarvis National Centre Bath
Daniel Jervis City of Swansea Aquatics
Max Litchfield City of Sheffield Swim Squad
Hannah Miley University of Aberdeen
Stephen Milne Perth City Swim Club
Ross Murdoch University of Stirling
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor National Centre Bath
Adam Peaty National Centre Loughborough
Ben Proud Plymouth Leander
Molly Renshaw National Centre Loughborough
Rosie Rudin City of Sheffield Swim Squad
Duncan Scott University of Stirling
Mark Szaranek Edinburgh University/Florida
Alys Thomas City of Swansea Aquatics
Jocelyn Ulyett Loughborough University
Sarah Vasey National Centre Loughborough
Chris Walker-Hebborn National Centre Bath
James Wilby National Centre Loughborough
Abbie Wood National Centre Loughborough