Heather Fell won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing in the Individual Modern Pentathlon. She is a former Junior World Champion and a former World Number One.
Heather was brought up in rural Devon where she rode horses and swam competitively from a young age. This lead her into the sport of tetrathlon from which she progressed on to modern pentathlon which combines the disciplines of running, swimming, shooting, fencing and show jumping. Heather read physiotherapy at Brunel University where she combined her studies with a hectic training schedule. She found initial success at junior level winning 2 gold medals and a silver medal at the 2003 World Junior Championships in Athens. Her path to Olympic success, however, was not straight forward. In 2006 after a series of injuries and setbacks, her funding was cut; she was forced to move back in with her parents and contemplated quitting sport all together.
Back home in Devon, Heather overcame her injury and worked three part time jobs to fund her own training. Through sheer determination and perseverance, she returned to form and went on to win bronze at the 2007 World Cup in Moscow and gold and silver at the 2007 European Championships in Riga thus qualifying for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. With her funding restored, Heather was able to focus her efforts on training and went on to secure a silver medal in the Women’s Individual Modern Pentathlon at the Beijing Games after a nail-biting day of competition. By the end of 2008, she was ranked world number one and followed this up by winning silver at the European Championships in 2009. She was a silver medallist at the World Cups in both 2011 and 2012.
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.