Natassha McDonald running out of start blocks

Natassha McDonald

Biography

Natassha McDonald won bronze with the 4x400m relay at the 2016 U20 World Championships where she was also a finalist in the 400m and 4x100m relay. In 2017, McDonald won the Canadian 400m title and finished second in the 200m. That summer she represented Canada at the Jeux de la Francophonie, winning silver in the 400m, and made her first appearance at the senior World Athletics Championships with the 4x400m relay team.

In 2018 she won the 400m title at the Harry Jerome Track Classic and finished sixth in the 200m at the Canadian Championships. After her first NCAA season in 2019, McDonald represented Canada at the U23 NACAC Championships, earning three podium finishes. That summer she also ran for Canada at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, winning silver with the 4x400m relay team and just missing the final in the 400m.

McDonald runs collegiately for the University of Alabama. She was a 400m semifinalist at the 2019 NCAA Championships and made both the indoor and outdoor finals with the 4x400m relay teams. She was named an All-American in all three disciplines that year. In 2020 she only raced the indoor season before the pandemic halted competitions but won a pair of meets with the 4x400m relay team and took the 400m indoor bronze at the SEC Championships. In 2021, she won silver in the 400m at the SEC outdoor Championships and made the semifinals at the NCAA Championships in the 400m, 4x100m and 4x400m. Before attending Alabama, McDonald competed for South Plains College where she won the 2017 and 2018 NJCAA Championships in the 400m.

A Little More About Natassha

Getting into the Sport: Inspired to represent Canada internationally when watching Canadian athletes compete at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games… Biggest inspiration has been her father who always believed she would be great despite all the obstacles she has faced… Outside Interests: Majoring in Public Health at the University of Alabama…Hobbies include reading and travelling…Odds and Ends: Collects key chains from the destinations where she competes…

Notable International Results

Pan American Games: 2019 - SILVER (4x400m relay), 9th (400m)

World Athletics Championships: 2017 - 11th (4x400m relay)

World Athletics Championships (U20): 2016 - BRONZE (4x400m relay), 7th (400m), 9th (4x100m relay)

NACAC Championships (U23): 2019 - SILVER (200m), SILVER (4x100m relay), BRONZE (4x400m mixed relay)

Jeux de la Francophonie: 2017 - SILVER (400m)