Olympic athlete, registered nurse
Noelle Montcalm was born in Windsor in 1988. She started running when she was still in grade school. She attended W. J. Langlois School and went to St. Joseph High School. While there, in Grade 9, she started running in the hurdles events.
After graduating from high school, Montcalm studied at the University of Windsor. There, she ran in track and field events and eventually concentrated on the hurdles. Her specialty was the 100 metre hurdles. In 2012, she graduated with a BScN.
She kept running in track and field events, but changed to the 400 metre hurdles. In 2013, she won 2 silver medals at the Jeux de la Francophonie in the 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay. At the Universiade, she also won a silver medal in the 4x400m hurdles. Montcalm also competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 where she came in fifth. She was slowed down in 2015 with a knee injury but continued training.
Moncalm was feeling more confident in 2016, and in a national championship she claimed the national title with a time of 55.83 seconds. This qualified her for the Olympic games in Rio. At the Olympic Games, she placed fourth in the 400m hurdles, and in the 4x400m relay.
Since the games’ end in August, Noelle has rested and met many people who had been cheering for her in the Olympics. She made an appearance at her old school, W. J. Langlois, where she spoke to the students and posed for pictures.
Montcalm also told the students the words that she lives by: “Persevere through your struggles and you can achieve things”. These are words that can inspire us all.