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Ms Diane Modahl (SPK02159)

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Diane is one of Britain's most successful 800m runners. She won a Gold Medal in the 1990 Commonwealth Games, and followed this up with a further Silver and Bronze Medal.

She has also competed in 4 Olympic Games, 1988 in Seoul, 1992 in Barcelona, 1996 in Atlanta and 2000 in Sydney. Diane is both the former British and Commonwealth Record Holder.

Her determination, perseverance and strength were well documented on the track but she had to muster all her reserves off the track to deal with being falsely accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs. It was a battle that tore her whole life apart, but one that she finally won and after being proved innocent in 1996. Such was her determination she went on to win another medal in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and returned to her position as one of Britain's best ever 800m runners.

Since retiring from athletics she has dedicated herself to a number of great causes, currently Lay Adviser to the Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group and was previously the Chief Ambassador for the National Charity – Street Games.

In 2010 Diane established the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF) a registered charity. It champions undiscovered talent and brings high quality athletics coaching and mentoring opportunities to both able-bodied and disabled young people, particularly those living in some of the poorest areas across the UK.

Diane is an inspiration to all that meet her, and in her presentations she talks passionately about what it takes to get to the very top of your career, whilst reflecting on some of the barriers that were put in her way and how she bounced back from them.

Diane is also an author, having published The Diane Modahl Story in 1995, a BBC TV presenter, an Honorary Doctorate from Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford, UMIST and University of Manchester. Some people may recognise her from her appearance on ITV's 'I'm A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here!

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The event went extremely well and Diane Modahl was excellent: she gave a highly inspirational speech which was relevant to the awardees and the general audience. She was also very accommodating in terms of photoshoots and general socialising with everyone. I would definitely recommend her for this type of event.

Uxbridge College

It was a pleasure to meet you, and we offer our special thanks for the inspirational speech you gave and for your participation in the photographic sessions during and after the event.

Coventry & Warwickshire

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