Samba send-off for Olympic hopeful Hannah Miley

Swimmer Hannah Miley was given a surprise Samba send-off by Brazilian dancers ahead of jetting off to Rio de Janiero for the Olympic Games.

The colourful gesture was arranged by Miley’s sponsors, Watermans Accident Claims and Care, ahead of the Olympic Games in Brazil, which get underway next week. The former European Champion swimmer was greeted at Aberdeen International Airport by two dancers who performed a short routine to Brazilian Samba music.

This will mark Miley’s third Olympics, with the 26-year-old having already competed in Beijing in 2008 and London four years ago. She will be racing in the 200M and 400M Individual Medley events. One of the biggest names in British swimming, Miley has World, European, Commonwealth, British and Scottish titles to her name.

Scott Whyte, Managing Director of Watermans, said his team wanted to convey their very best of wishes with a momentous send off before she embarks on one of the most intense periods of her career. “We wanted to raise a smile and show Hannah how much we’re behind her ahead of the Olympics. She gives her all in competitions and training, and everyone at Watermans is willing her on to a successful time in Rio.”

Hannah Miley, who lives in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, admitted to being stopped in her tracks when met by the dancers and says it’s topped off the string of opportunities she’s had while acting as an ambassador for Watermans. “I didn’t expect to get a taste of Brazil until I was in Rio, so that caught me completely off guard! Watermans have been very supportive of me over the past year in the lead up to what will be the biggest event of my career, and this gesture means a lot to me.”

The dancers were from Aberdeen-based Mark Cameron Dance, a dancing and corporate entertainment service.