MCCONNELL Lee < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Scotland   
Gender Women
Born 09 Oct 1978 in Glasgow, SCO
Height1.77 m
Weight 64 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Craig Banthron
Residence Glasgow, SCO
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Physical Education, Sports Science - Loughborough University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up athletics at school but did not start training seriously until she was 13 after a coach saw her potential during a summer athletics camp put on by Glasgow City Council.
Why this sport? Watching the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona - particularly the winning performance of Sally Gunnell and the passion and determination shown by Derek Redmond - inspired her interest in the sport. She was also encouraged by Katharine Merry and Donna Fraser's switch to the 400m.
Club / Team Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers: London, ENG
Name of coach Roger Harkins
Coach from which country? Scotland
Coach from what year? 2000
Training Regime She trains two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening, totalling 10 sessions per week. While pregnant in 2013 she trained about six times a week, including track sessions, circuit training and plyometric exercises.
International Debut
Year 2001
Competing for Great Britain
General Interest
Hobbies Watching TV, reading, cinema, dinners and coffee with friends, sports. (championsinschools.com, 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning her first Commonwealth Games medal in the 400m in 2002. (championsinschools.com, 2011)
Hero / Idol British athletes Colin Jackson, Jonathan Edwards and Linford Christie. (timesonline.co.uk, 27 Jul 2008; lloydstsblondon2012.co.uk, 2012)
Injuries She suffered a back injury in 2013. (dailyrecord.co.uk, 22 May 2013)

She only competes in 400m flat after nerve pain reduced her capacity to train over hurdles. (leemcconnell.net, 10 Sep 2010)

In 2009 she suffered a hamstring injury that restricted her season, forcing her to only compete in relay events. (morethanthegames.co.uk, 08 Aug 2009)

She suffered with a quad muscle tear in 2008. (dailymail.co.uk, 22 Aug 2008)

To compete in the 4x400m relay at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, she had to endure 10 painkilling injections and a course of acupuncture. She came home with a bronze medal. (timesonline.co.uk, 27 Jul 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Work hard and have fun along the way." (championsinschools.com, 2011)
Awards and honours She was awarded the Coronation Cup as Scotland's Athlete of the Year in 2002. (GB Team Media Guide, 2003)
Other sports She was one of Scotland's top high jumpers and cleared 1.88m in 2000, but began to focus on the 400m in 2001. (GB Team Media Guide, 2003)
Ambitions To compete in front of a home crowd at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and to win a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (scotsman.com, 23 May 2013)
Other information PREGNANCY
In May 2013 she announced that she found out she was pregnant when she went for a scan on her injured back. She said the baby, due in November 2013, would keep her out of competition all year, but she would still do some scaled down training in hopes of being ready for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (dailyrecord.co.uk, 10 Aug 2013; scotsman.com, 23 May 2013)

2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES INVOLVEMENT
She was one of the figureheads of Glasgow's successful bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, memorably whirling delegates round the dance floor at a series of ceilidhs [a traditional Gaelic social gathering] ahead of the final vote in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 2009. She is a member of the Athletes' Commission preparing for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and she has also been appointed to the Glasgow 2014 Legacy Board. (theredpages.co.uk, 10 Apr 2011; Official Team GB Handbook, 2008)