Heather Fell is an Olympic Silver medallist and former World number one modern pentathlete with strong academics. An ambitious, and enthusiastic elite athlete who is forward thinking, resilient and focused in her approach to new challenges. Stimulated and motivated by working in fast paced environments, now seeking a career to develop and utilise her skills within the fields of journalism and the media.
Performing under pressure: It takes intense focus and accuracy to compete in an Olympics and achieve medal success. Being decisive under pressure to execute a strategy and the ability to regain focus on the next task is essential when moving from one event directly to the next on the competition day of modern pentathlon.
Time management: Precision planning in dedicating time and balancing training each of the five disciplines of Modern Pentathlon on a daily/weekly basis. Continually exceeding the levels of commitment involved whilst combining written and radio work alongside life as a full time athlete.
Communication: Highly articulate, gained confidence through sporting experiences at an international level. Developed public speaking and journalism skills through extensive media training and appearances.
Team player: Outstanding interpersonal skills and a strong relationship builder. Elected by peers to serve on the British Olympic Association’s Athletes’ Commission to represent elite athletes cross all Olympic sports. Re-established and now leading the Athletes representative role within Modern Pentathlon. Member of the Team Bath Athletes Forum at the University to represent the wide mix of athletes’ needs, from students through to professionals across all sports. Previously a director of the British Athletes Committee and now a member of the BAC athletes advisory board, an independent athlete support service set up to represent international athletes from Olympic and non-Olympic sports.
Heather has recently retired from pentathlon to pursue a career in broadcasting and journalism. She has taken up cycling to fill the void left by full time training recently completing John O’Groats to Lands End and continues to act as a mentor and role model for emerging female athletes.
2005 – Present Professional Modern Pentathlete
Full time elite athlete for Team GB, competed in the Beijing Olympics Game becoming a silver medallist. World number one Women’s Modern Pentathlon (2008) and World Junior Champion (2003).
Elected to join the 4 year advisory group that represents the perspective and expertise of athletes, providing input to the initiatives, strategies and programmes run by the BOA
2010 – Present Journalist, Presenter & Public Speaker
Present at regional and national level in both television and radio, with a focus on sports reporting
Newspaper Columnist, Tavistock Times
Live commentary for the annual Blue mile charity event
Freelance pieces for the Evening Herald
BBC Presenter: TV Points West, Radio 5 Live, Radio Devon
Pundit for ITV Westcountry during the Olympics
Motivational speaker at Hays financial sector network meeting, speaker for Podium, for RELAYS, Bath fashion exhibition
Inspirational school visits from primary age through to Academy level.
2005 – 2008 Physiotherapist/Sports massage – Tavistock Physiotherapy Practice/Team Bath Sports Massage (for Physiotherapists) – I used this to gain experience in the field of physiotherapy whilst helping to pay for my training before funding.
1999-2008 Swimming Instructor – Kelly College/The German School/Monkton Combe
Completed Level 2 Swimming Instructor (ASA) – Taught children of all abilities from one on one through to group sessions for several years to support my education and training whilst developing valuable teaching skills.
- 2001 – 2004 BSc Physiotherapy (2.1) Brunel University
- 1999 – 2001 A-levels Physical Education (A), Biology (A), Geography (B) Kelly College
- 1999GCSE’s 1 A*, 9 A’s, 1B Kelly College
Ambassador for WWF and the Special Olympics UK. Completed Level 3 Personal Trainer (2012) and RYA Competent Crew (2011). Support local premiership rugby club and enjoy the horse races.
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