Diane is one of Britain’s most successful 800m runners. She won a Gold Medal in the 1990 Commonwealth Games, and followed this up with a further Silver and Bronze Medal. She has also competed in four Olympic Games, 1988 in Seoul, 1992 in Barcelona, 1996 in Atlanta and 2000 in Sydney. Unbeaten for six consecutive seasons over her specialist distance, Diane won six Amatuer Athletic Association of England titles and is both the former British and Commonwealth Record Holder.
Since retiring from athletics she has dedicated herself to a number of great causes; Lay Adviser to the Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group 2014 - 2015, Non Executive Director Primary Care Trust (PCT) NHS Manchester 2011-2014 and was previously the Chief Ambassador for the National Charity – Street Games.
In 2010 Diane established the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF) a registered charity. It champions undiscovered talent and brings high quality athletics coaching and mentoring opportunities to both able-bodied and disabled young people, particularly those living in some of the poorest areas across the UK.
Diane is also an author, having published The Diane Modahl Story in 1995, and a BBC TV presenter. To mark the 17th Commonwealth Games taking place in Manchester in 2002, the Greater Manchester Universities (Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester, Salford University and UMIST) conferred joint honorary degrees of Doctor of Letters on Modahl, Sir Roger Bannister, Clive Lloyd CBE, the Rt Hon Donald McKinnon and Dr Mamphela Ramphele for their great contributions to the Commonwealth.