FORMER sprint star Montell Douglas was the guest of honour at the Dorset School Games Summer Festival at Bryanston School.

The 32-year-old delivered a motivational speech to competitors at the event as part of the opening ceremony.

Douglas, an ex-British record holder over 100m, reached the 4x100m final at Beijing 2008.

She won her first international medal at the 2010 Commonwealths, taking gold in the 4x100m. The sprinter has also competed at European and World Championship level.

Douglas turned her attention to bobsleigh in 2016 and was selected for February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

More than 1,000 people came together in Blandford as part of the School Games.

Active Dorset chief executive Martin Kimberley said: “It was tremendous to see so many young people relishing the opportunity to compete and take part.

“Bryanston School have been exceptional and all of the many individuals involved who have worked so hard can be proud of what has been delivered. It really does demonstrate just how much young people enjoy being active.”

Many of the young leaders at the event were trained at the Dorset Leadership Academy, which provides support for young people who would like to be actively involved in volunteering within their school and community.