Diane Modahl honoured
Sale Harriers athlete and Coach Diane Modahl has been honoured in the Queen’s birthday Honours list, receiving an MBE for services to sport and the community.
Thirty years ago, a fresh faced young athlete from Longsight reached the Olympic 800m Final in Seoul, South Korea. Without the backing of Lottery funding or some of the sponsorship deals we see today, Diane got time off work to go to the Olympics. She was Diane Edwards then and ran 1.59.77 in the semi Final and 2.00.7 in the final. Trained in Manchester by Norman Poole (Sale), who still coaches in Wythenshawe. Going under two minutes was an excellent performance. Four years later she had married Vicente who became her coach and she represented G.B. in the 1992 Olympics. You can find the 800m Final on You Tube. Other outstanding performances are, 1986 commonwealth Silver followed by Gold in 1990.
Diane founded The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation which helps youngsters get into sport. Some of them join Sale Harriers, but the main purpose of her organisation is to give them some direction and produce good people. I can think of no better example of a good person than her daughter, Sale Harriers athlete Imani Modahl, who is intelligent and charming and a credit to her parents. It's great to be an elite athlete, but even better to display kindness and generosity too. Both Diane and Vicente coach Sale athletes and it's great they are amongst our dedicated and talented coaches who are so important.
Congratulations Diane, you deserve it.
Posted 12/06/2018 09:26