Biography:

Noelle Montcalm made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where she competed individually in the 400m hurdles and helped Canada to a fourth place finish in the 4x400m relay. Montcalm enjoyed a breakout season in 2013 when she won the first of two consecutive national titles in the 400m hurdles and qualified to compete at the Summer Universiade, the Jeux de la Francophonie and the IAAF World Championships. It was just her second season competing in the 400m hurdles, having made the switch up from the 100m hurdles after graduating from the University of Windsor. She won two silver medals at the Jeux de la Francophonie in the 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay. She also won silver with the 4x400m relay at the Universiade. A year later she posted a pair of fifth place finishes in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Unable to train at full capacity in 2015 due to bursitis in her knee, Montcalm finished fourth at the Canadian championships. But she rebounded in 2016, reclaiming the national title in 55.83 seconds (just 0.02 off her personal best) to go under the Olympic entry standard for Rio. Montcalm first realized how much she wanted to compete for Canada when she finished fifth in the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Olympic Trials and saw how close she was to the Olympians in the race. She won three medals at the 2009 Canada Games, including double gold in the 100m and 100m hurdles. While attending the University of Windsor, Montcalm won 16 CIS medals, was a five-time CIS Academic All-Canadian, and was named the OUA’s Most Outstanding Performer four straight years from 2008 to 2011.

Getting to Know…

Family: Parents Paul and Kathy Montcalm… Younger sister Chantal and younger brother Lucas… Getting into the Sport: Started running track at age 12 and was introduced to hurdles in grade nine… Liked the individuality and that she is solely responsible for her results… Outside Interests: Enjoys cooking, baking and reading… Graduated from the University of Windsor in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing… Works as a registered nurse in long term care… Odds and Ends: Nicknames: Nono, Ichiro, Nellie… Inspired by world champion Perdita Felicien for overcoming adversity throughout her career… Likes to take a walk around the track before her race to get a better idea of the shape, how the wind might blow and where the hurdles will be situated… Favourite quote: “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill…