Michelle is a retired English triple jumper although she started off her athletics career as a Long Jumper.

In 1992 she was introduced to the Triple Jump and was soon leaps ahead of her competitors, breaking numerous British records along the way. Michelle was the first woman in the Commonwealth to jump over 14 metres. She then went on to make three World Championship Finals and European Finals and narrowly missed out on a medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1998. She represented Great Britain at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Michelle was introduced to athletics by her mother, who she always says is her real hero! Interestingly Michelle ‘bombed’ out at the 1986 and 1987 English schools long jump final, fortunately things were to change with maturity. Michelle retired from athletics at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, after nearly 15 years at the top.

Her personal best jump was 14.08 metres, achieved in June 1994 in Sheffield. In Great Britain, and England, only Ashia Hansen has jumped further.

Giving Back

Michelle joined the Trust in 2013. She was the lead athlete mentor on the Get on Track project run in Thanet, Kent in Spring 2013.

Triple jumper Michelle Griffith-Robinson was announced as the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Athlete of the Month for October 2015. Michelle has given back to the Trust in so many ways and was the clear front-runner for the top spot. A valued member of our GiveBack team and now kicking off her sixth Get on Track in Thanet, Michelle has really gone the distance!

This is what Athlete Manager Claire Bennett had to say about why Michelle was awarded the coveted title:

“Michelle joined the Trust in 2012 but it feels like she has been part of the GiveBack Team family since the beginning! Michelle is always going above and beyond her role as a Lead athlete mentor at the Trust and makes a point to promote our work at any given opportunity when she is hosting events or doing work outside of the Trust. She has worked on Get On Track (Michelle is currently on her 6th cohort in Kent), AQA Unlocking Potential, On Track To Achieve and attends many schools visits in the Kent area.

“She is a huge ambassador for the Trust, not just in promoting the good work that we do, but also by leading by example and being a role model to those around her. Michelle is a mother of three and still manages to juggle work and family life while never compromising her passion for working with young people.

“Michelle is also currently doing a life coaching course at the Coaching Academy via the Trust. She is an inspirational person and we are very proud to have Michelle on our Team. Congratulations Michelle!”

Competitive record

Olympic Games
2004 17 QR Athens

World Championships
1997 12q Athens, Italy
1995 12th Gothenburg, Sweden
1993 9th Stuttgart, Germany

Commonwealth Games
1998 6th Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2002 8th Manchester, England
2006 7th Melbourne, Australia

European Indoor Championships
1994 10th Paris, France
1992 14th Genoa, Italy