Modahl, the world class 800-metre athlete who had to struggle against the odds to clear
her name and get back in the race, is to present this year's Training Excellence Awards
presented to the best work-based trainees by The Chamber.
Prize money for the awards totals over £2,500.
"Diane is a role model to our trainees," said a spokesman for the Chamber of
Commerce, Training and Enterprise, "as an example of triumphing over adversity.
"Not only did she ultimately clear her name when falsely accused of taking a
performance enhancing drug, but she continued with her university studies throughout the
"There are six finalists in each of the three sections of our awards, and many of
them were selected by the judges for the same stamina and determination in overcoming
Diane won the gold medal at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, breaking the
But four years later she was sent home from the Commonwealth Games, accused of taking
It took two years of vigorous appeal against the allegation before Diane was cleared by
the British Athletic Federation and reinstated. The International Amateur Athletic
Federation admitted that the laboratory which carried out the test had made fundamental
Diane described her experience as "living hell" - but it did not stop her
completing her studies at Manchester University and graduating with a BA honours degree in
media and business management.
Diane returned to the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and carried off the bronze medal,
achieving one of the fastest times in the world.
Six times British 800-metre champion, she is still the British record holder for the
She currently works as a sports presenter on BBC Greater Manchester radio, writes for
The People, and is sports editor and journalist for the monthly national magazine 'Family
"There is no-one better suited to congratulate our top 18 trainees, out of a total
of nearly 6,000 young people and unemployed adults we helped with training for work last
year," said The Chamber spokesman.
The winners of the three sections will be announced at the awards night at The
Chamber's headquarters on Thursday 11 February.