Sponsorship and facilities will be key as Inverurie’s own swimming star Hannah Miley Miley prepares for next month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
International energy consultancy Xodus Group continue to support Hannah’s training, and she believes that the recently opened Aberdeen Aquatics Centre, with its 50m pool, will also help her in her quest for medals.
Xodus has backed Hannah since 2009 and has supported her with training, travel and equipment costs during this time.
Hannah said: “Xodus has played a huge part in my success in swimming. The support I’ve had from them has made a massive difference. Swimming is quite an expensive sport - with travelling costs, accommodation, swim fees, equipment – and over a period of time it does add up.
“I love going into the offices because everyone always seems so enthusiastic and supportive about all sports. It’s great to see a company promote sports and I’m honoured they have chosen to support me. Their financial backing has taken a huge weight off my shoulders and given me peace of mind to focus solely on my swimming.”
Aberdeen-headquartered Xodus has invested more than £1 million in the last year on supporting sport from small community initiatives to backing medal winning athletes and hosting its own take on the Olympic Games for staff.
Steve Swindell, chief operating officer for Xodus, said: “Xodus has a proud tradition of promoting sport and a healthy lifestyle and we have invested over £100,000 in supporting Hannah over the past five years as part of that ethos.
“We are immensely proud to support Hannah, and everyone at Xodus will be cheering her on in Glasgow. We have been raffling 20 Commonwealth tickets to raise funds for various charities. Hopefully she will be wearing a new medal the next time she comes into the Xodus offices.”
Hannah also believes the opening of the new Aquatics Centre can provide her with extra motivation as she looks to defend her 400m Individual Medley title at the Commonwealth Games this summer.
“For the first time ever I’m going to get consistent long-course training leading into a major international competition,” Hannah said. “We usually have to plan well ahead and book the facility at Stirling but now I can plan out my sessions here in Aberdeen.
“I’ve managed to get where I am in a short-course pool, which is great, but for a while I’ve felt I’ve been hitting a glass ceiling. My philosophy is ‘if you do what you’ve always done, then you’re going to get what you’ve always got’ and I’d got to the stage where I was still getting the same results and not improving. I needed to do something different and the Aquatics Centre is playing a huge part in taking me to the next level.”