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 and has run numerous programmes for the Trust since then. She recently moved to the south west of England and will be supporting more young people to achieve their potential in her new location.

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