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Montell Douglas praises Brunel University amid recent olympic successes

Record-breaking bobsledder and Brunel University alumni Montell Douglas says the university holds a “special place in her heart” - as she is set to become the first British woman to compete at both the Summer 2008 and Winter 2022 Olympic games.

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Montell, 36, from Lewisham, originally began her career as a sprinter and is a former British record holder for the 100 metres race at the 2008 summer Olympics held in Beijing.

She is pictured here on her graduation day with legendary sportsman Roger Bannister, a former English middle-distance athlete and neurologist who ran the first sub-four-minute mile, while still a student at the West London university.

Photo credit: Sally Trussler

She said: “The place holds so many memories, and was one of the best times of my life. The fondest memory that I can recall is walking into the graduation ceremony as a British record holder, as I broke the record a day before the graduation, and it was just awesome to be there with your friends and family looking at you with pride.”

Montell, who took up bobsledding in 2016 and six months later appeared at the Bobsleigh World Cup, is currently competing at the 2022 Winter Olympics - held at Beijing, China.

When asked about her time in Beijing, she said: “The feeling is difficult to describe in words, it was really overwhelming, the support by the family and the media has been incredible and I feel really blessed by this achievement.” The Bobsledder is hoping to go into the field of coaching, as she has previously worked as an assistant and coached several athletes who contested in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Photo credit: Team Great Britain


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