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Stephen MILNE
Sport Swimming
NOC Great Britain   
Born29 Apr 1994 in Inverness, SCO
Height1.86 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Higher education
Environmental Science - Perth College UHI: Scotland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to swim at age four at Perth Leisure Pool in Scotland. He took up competitive swimming with Perth City Swim Club at age nine.
Why this sport?
"I have always enjoyed physical activity, whether it is sports, cubs, or simply playing outside in the garden. When I was nine, my friend asked me if I wanted to try out for Perth City Swim Club, then we could go to each other's house to play before swimming in the evening. I went to the trials and got through, and ever since then I've kept it up. I really enjoy the sport."
Club / Team
University of Stirling: Scotland
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His family. (dailyrecord.co.uk, 02 Sep 2017)
Hero / Idol
British swimmers Steve Parry and Graeme Smith, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (backarisingstar.com, 24 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's not just about taking part, it's about doing your best in the part you take." (backarisingstar.com, 24 Feb 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was presented with the JY Coutts Award by Scottish Swimming. The award is for outstanding services to the sport in Scotland. (swimswam.com, 01 Oct 2018)

In 2016 and 2018 he was named Sports Personality of the Year at the Perth and Kinross Sports Awards in Scotland. (smallcitybigpersonality.co.uk, 11 Mar 2019; thecourier.co.uk, 15 Mar 2016)
Other information
In September 2020 he moved from his long-time club, Perth City, to train full-time at the University of Stirling in Scotland. "It's been something I have considered for quite a long time. I have been training with Stirling's senior programme once a week since sixth year at school. It has been almost eight years [speaking in September 2020] that I have had the relationship with them. I feel now, to get the extra push for the next few years, I wanted to move there. They all have similar goals and aspirations to me. It's really inspiring to be a part of that and to push myself." (dailyrecord.co.uk, 04 Sep 2020)

In 2019 he took part in a Scottish nationwide water safety campaign to teach children self-rescue and life saving skills as part of the Royal Life Saving Society UK's Drowning Prevention Week. "Swimming is a huge part of my life but swimming is also a life skill. With so many miles of coastline and inland lochs [in Scotland] it is really important that all children have the chance to learn to swim so they become confident, competent and safe swimmers." (scottishwater.co.uk, 21 Jun 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 3:46.00
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 1500m Freestyle 14:57.23
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:03.13
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 3:48.64
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:01.70
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 7:49.86
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 1500m Freestyle 14:58.62
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Freestyle 3:43.63
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Freestyle 1:45.22
5 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:25.77
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 400m Freestyle 3:50.05
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:29.72
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
8 2016 London, ENG 400m Freestyle 3:49.49
Heats 2016 London, ENG 1500m Freestyle 15:09.73
6 2016 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:10.73
4 2014 Berlin, GER 1500m Freestyle 14:53.83
4 2014 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 7:50.64
6 2014 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 3:48.55
1 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay