Milly Tanner: ‘I don’t want to leave the sport with nothing’

Feb 21, 2023, 06:00 PM

British track cyclist Milly Tanner has had a whirlwind last few years, and she’s determined to leave her mark.

The 24-year-old switched from swimming to cycling back in 2017 through UK Sport’s talent transfer programme ‘Discover your Power’ – a gruelling process in itself as you’ll hear in this SportSpiel interview– but she hasn’t looked back since.

A bronze medal at the 2021 World Championships in the team sprint, a silver in the same event at the 2020 European Championships, as well as competing at the Commonwealth Games last year are just some of the highlights.

But as is so often the case in the world of elite sport, it has been a rollercoaster at times.

There’s highs, there’s lows and there are days where you really have to grind to get through.

For those in British Cycling there is also the pressure of living up to some of the greats that have come before – think Jason and Laura Kenny, Chris Hoy and many, many more.

But cycling still retains that community feel and when Milly faced her first big setback – not making the most recent team for the World Championships – it was another legend in Victoria Pendleton who provided the right advice at the right time.

In this podcast Milly openly takes us through her journey into cycling, from battling back from setbacks, to initially feeling like she had to catch up after arriving in the sport relatively late.

But she also takes us through some of the causes that are close to her heart, and helped lead to her joining the pioneering Unlocked programme run by the Women’s Sport Trust.

From period poverty to body image, these are just some of things Milly wants to use her voice to raise awareness of – and is part of the legacy she wants to leave from her time in elite sport.

In a world that’s so dominated by social media and comparisons, these are messages that need to be heard.

Milly also takes us through the influence the military has in her life, including how important the impressions you leave on people are, as well as her aims in the future as she looks to fulfil her potential.


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Music: Otis McDonald