INVERURIE’S own swimming star Hannah Miley came face-to-face with a life-size portrait of herself after it was unveiled in Aberdeen on Friday,(October 4).
Robert Gordon University (RGU) commissioned the portrait to mark Hannah’s success in the pool and invited Aberdeen painter and Gray’s School of Art graduate Stuart Allan to work on the project.
The painting, measuring almost two metres square, captures Hannah poised to dive into a swimming pool. It was unveiled at the reception of RGU: SPORT, where it will remain on display, in front of invited guests from the North-east’s sporting, arts and business communities.
Hannah, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Sports and Exercise Science from RGU this summer, combined the project with preparations to defend her gold medal in the 400m individual medley at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
She said: “It was a lot of fun working with Stuart on the project, he’s done a fantastic job and the portrait is incredibly life-like. Seeing how the painting developed has been a fascinating experience and I couldn’t be happier with the result.
“I still train at RGU: SPORT and to see it each time I come in will give me a great lift as I continue to improve my performance in the pool.”
Hannah, who studied at RGU’s School of Health Sciences, was also an RGU: SPORT Scholar and benefitted from a tailor-made package of support from the university which allowed her to combine her studies with the demands of training and competing against the best swimmers in the world.
She said: “The scholarship scheme was very helpful and meant I could cover the costs of attending university, allowing me to focus completely on studying and my training. It’s been a huge boost to my preparations for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where I hope to defend my title and win more gold for Scotland.”