Inspiring Others Changing Lives
Montell has been ‘giving back’ to sport for over seven years through a variety of avenues such as motivational speaking, mentoring and coaching. She has a great passion about using the skills gained from her experiences to help encourage others to see their potential to achieve things beyond their wildest dreams. With her athletics coahing qualifications, Montell often works with a variety of schools from all ages and puts on sporting holiday schemes to help maintain the motivation and attitudes towards sports. Montell feels that to empower and inspire others towards belief that anything is impossible is her duty to athletics and she relishes in any opportunity she has to continue to give back to her community, sport and country.
"Montell was absolutely brilliant in the lead up to the event and at the event itself. Nothing was too much trouble and she inspired not only the young people but the staff and parents too. Montell was extremely popular with the young people and engaged with them brilliantly, signing loads of autographs and having pictures taken. She was very patient and left no requests for autographs or pictures unanswered, which is a credit to her especially as she had another engagement to get to after ours." Josh Lenthall, Oxspa
Montell was born in South East London and stood at 5’8” by the age of 13. Her height lent her much success in the high jump where she cruised through to county standard without ever having any training. But soon after, Montell acquired a serious spinal disc injury, forcing her to quit jumping for good.
With her coach keen on developing her running ability, she began taking sprinting more seriously, proving a rewarding move when she became National Double Sprint Champion as an U17 in both the 100m and 200m. Montell topped the national junior rankings at 21 and made a giant performance leap, from 11.52 seconds to 11.28 seconds in the 100m. This resulted in a silver medal at the European U23 Championships and qualification to represent Great Britain at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan.
2008 was a hugely significant year for Montell as she broke the 27 year old 100m British record, previously set by Kathy Cook and secured her place in the Team GB squad for the Beijing Olympics, where she made the final in the 4x100m relay, but a turbulent two years was to follow. Montell was told she would never run again after undergoing serious knee surgery, howvere both Montell and her team put together a comeback plan and lots of determination saw her make a return 11 months later to achieve her first international medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, a Gold for England in the 4x100m relay.
2006 - AAA U23 Championships 100m, Gold
2007 - World Championships finalist (4th 4x100m; European U23 Championships 100m, Silver
2008 – 100m British Record; Beijing Olympics finalist (4x100m)
2010 - Commonwealth Games, 4x100m relay, Gold
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