In one stroke, Hannah Miley may have managed to give back in two ways this past weekend. The Commonwealth 400m medley champion came up with the idea of holding a clinic for young talent across all clubs in Aberdeen. If her guidance for young folk and their parents just setting out in a swimming voyage provided insight and motivation for the next wave, then it might also turn out to be a great way of thanking dad, her coach Patrick Miley.
Miley senior, former helicopter pilot and in his first season as a full-time swimming coach at Aberdeen’s new excellence scheme, will be on the lookout for young talent keen to join the fast flow of performance preparation.
His daughter might just have helped that process along during the coaching clinic she planned and hosted with sponsor Watermans at Aberdeen Sports Village’s Aquatics Centre at the weekend. City clubs were invited to send along their best four swimmers aged 9 to 13 to hear Miley the swimmer talk about performance sport and what it takes. Aberdeen Evening Express reports that 23 kids took part. She is keen to point out that it would not be a case of there being another Miley – each child has their own future to shape. The key is making the right choices, she says.
Now 27 and a year shy of a possible defence of tyhe Commonwealth 400IM crown for a second time after victories in 2010 and 2014, Miley tells the local paper: “They’re not going to be like me, my story is very unique and very different. Hopefully that can inspire them and help them make the right choices.
“I know they’re not going to be in the same position I was in, so it shows them there are other ways to be a really good swimmer and if you really want to do it, here are a list of tools I can provide you with. I just want to show them it’s not a set plan, more that these options are available and that it’s more than just ploughing up and down a pool, there’s dedication and commitment behind it. It’s about educating yourself and looking beyond the coaches giving you the hard yards.”
Miley would like to do more clinics when all is said and swum. She tells the paper: “When I do eventually hang up my cap and goggles, I would love to get in the business of masterclasses.
Dutch Speed Test
Femke Heemskerk and Ranomi Kromowidjojo led the speed test at the KNZB Challenfer in Dortrecht at the weekend, Heemskerk on 54.27 in the 100m freestyle, the double Olympic champion of 50 and 100m at London 2012 on 24.95 in the dash ahead of a 25.11 from tamara van Vliet. There were also efforts of 1:01.33 from Maaike de Waard in the 100m backstroke and a 2:00.90 from Robin Neumann in the 200m freestyle, while a 28.27 win over 50m breaststroke for Arno Kamminga and a 50.23 in the 100m free from Kyle Stolk topped the men’s events.
Quah Ting Wen Hits The Mark
Quah Ting Wen set a Singapore record of 25.27 over 50m freestyle at the National Age Group Championships at the weekend. The time confined to history the 25.38 standard set in shiny suit by Amanda Lim in 2009. Lim finished second at the weekend, on 25.50, at a meet where swimmers were seeking qualifying standards for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur this August.
Florent Manaudou – four swims since retirement – only for pleasure
At the French Night of Water event to raise funds for UNICEF in aid of children rebuilding lives after natural disasters, the London 2012 Olympic 50m freestule champion Florent Manaudou indicated no desire to return to the fray. A handball player these days, the Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist in the dash, told reporters that he was back in the swim only to raise money for others: ” I wuite swimming six months ago. Since then I’ve been back in teh pool four times – and for pleasure with my mates. That’s it.”
Swimming With A New Leg – tech breakthrough
Some stories of technological breakthroughs that enhance swimming performance are positive in the most positive of ways. The New York Times story starts: “Dan Lasko, a broad-shouldered former Marine wearing green-trimmed blue swim goggles, emerged from the locker room at Nassau County Aquatic Center, ready to hit the pool with a brand new leg. It was the first time in years that he would be able to stride from the pool deck into the water without having to remove his reliable prosthesis, the one with an Asics sneaker attached, then hopping one-legged on the slippery deck to get in. Since 2004, when an explosion in Afghanistan shredded the lower part of his left leg, his swimming routine had involved some degree of acrobatics. But now that Mr. Lasko, 34, from Bethlehem, Pa., is the father of two water-loving boys, ages 2 and 6, he has been dreaming of climbing in and out of the pool with them with ease. (Anyone who has ever held a squirmy toddler while hopping into the shallow end of a pool can relate.) While waterproof prosthetic legs have been available for decades, “this is the first fully functional swim leg,” said Matthew Flynn, a certified prosthetist at Eschen, the company on Long Island that makes it.”