Montell Douglas has been supported by the GLL Sport Foundation and Greenwich Starting Blocks for a number of years and is now an ambassador for the programme. Montell is a former British 100m record-holder and admits that joining an exclusive club of athletes to have competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games is at the top of her list of priorities after she was announced as the latest sprint addition to the British bobsleigh team.
Having been approached about turning her hand to bobsleigh back in 2013, Montell eventually took the plunge last summer upon encouragement by Michael Khmel, a former British Athletics coach and now the national performance coach for British Bobsleigh.
Montell has been chosen as the January Athlete of the Month due to although being relatively new to the sport, Montell, along with bobleigh partner Mica McNeill won the Europa Cup (EC) race in Winterberg.
The British pair took top spot by seventh tenths of a second in Germany to secure the country’s first EC women’s win for seven years. The British women’s team last tasted EC success in January 2010, with McNeill’s previous EC best a fourth-place finish on three separate occasions.
Montell’s victory came in just her third race in her new sport and just a fortnight after her first-ever run in a bobsleigh.
“The win was set up by a great start performance from Montell, who is getting better and better with every race,” said GB Bobsleigh Performance Director, Gary Anderson.
We knew Montell could be a real asset to the team when we brought her in during the summer but to see her progressing so swiftly is really pleasing – it’s further proof that our scouting system is working.
Congratulations to Montell for a great start to the sport of bobsleigh. Whilst she is excelling in a winter sport, Montell still has her sights set on competing in the World Athletics Championships hosted in London later this year. We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for this talented athlete. Well done Montell – GSF’s January Athlete of the Month, truly deserved!