Montanna McAvoy

Montanna McAvoy

Nickname: Tanna

Born: July 2000

Currently Living: Depending on the time of year but I am either residing in America at my college, Oklahoma State University but on holidays I come home to Innisfail.

Chosen sport/s: Athletics – 3000m Steeplechase, 5000m

Still training and competing: Yes, I am still competing, I am just coming back from a recent injury.

Any recent sporting achievements: I competed at the World U20 championships last year in the 3000m steeplechase where I placed 13th. I am now on a scholarship at college in America so am competing in the NCAA, however I am just returning from a recent injury.

Long term sporting goals (if any): I would love to represent Australia again at a senior level, compete well in America and continue to develop and grow as a runner over the years.

Current focus: My current focus is on my studies which I am studying a bachelor of business management with a minor in sports management. I am also focusing on rehab and working slowly back up to racing and running full mileage.

Top 5 Sporting Achievements:

  1. Australian Junior Athletics Championships 2017
    Gold – 2000m Steeplechase (new meet record)
    Gold – 3000m (new meet record)
  2. 2018 Commonwealth Youth Games, Bahamas
    5th – 3000m
  3. Australian Junior Athletics Championships 2018
    Gold – 3000m Steeplechase
    Gold – 5000m
  4. Qualifying to compete at the 2018 World U20 Championships in Finland for 3000m Steeplechase and 5000m. Due to clashes with these events, I chose to do the 3000m Steeplechase.
  5. 2018 World U20 Championships, Finland
    Placed 2nd in my heat – qualifying for the final, where I finished 13th overall.

Other Info:

In the pursuit of her sporting dreams, Montanna has had to make some tough decisions, including leaving home for the last 2 years of high school, so she could attend boarding school in Brisbane. She is now a full-time University student, juggling study and a heavy training program. She is currently considering a move to the USA, where should would continue to train and study. Since turning 18 recently, Montanna is no longer eligible for financial support from the Bear Foreman Foundation, however she will remain a life-long friend of the Bear Foreman Foundation and we will continue to track her progress.