Aimee Willmott is an English competitive swimmer who has represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games, FINA World Championships and European Championships, and England in the Commonwealth Games. She tells us what Middlesbrough means to her…

Tell us about how Middlesbrough (the place/people/facilities) has helped you to achieve your dreams…

I learnt to swim at the Neptune Centre in Berwick Hills, Middlesbrough. I progressed through learn to swim pathway and then joined Middlesbrough Swimming Club where I won several junior national and international medals, before swimming at my first Olympic Games in London 2012.

The coaching and support I received from the pool staff, the swimming club, my family and friends, was amazing.

What makes you proud and passionate about Middlesbrough?

The people are so friendly and supportive. You're never alone. When I was racing at the Commonwealth Games thousands of miles away from home I couldn't believe how many messages of support I received from the area. The Gazette and BBC Tees always have been my number one fans, but there were people I've never met wishing me luck and willing me on. It's nice to know that the whole of Middlesbrough is kind of behind you! It makes me proud to be from Middlesbrough. #utb

What do you love most about Middlesbrough/get up to in your spare time?

There are so many cool and quirky places to grab breakfast and hang out with friends, which pretty much sums up my perfect morning. Baker Street is full of great spots to pick up a coffee and start the day, before hitting the town on the odd weekend for a cocktail and a boogie.

What do you want people to know about Middlesbrough, something that you think other people outside of the area may be pleased to know?

Middlesbrough gets a bad name for a variety of reasons in the media and it really winds me up! Until you've been here and seen how great the community is then people shouldn't judge.

What does Middlesbrough mean to you?
Home, family, and friends!