Milton Ottey

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Milton Bruce "Milt" Ottey (born December 29, 1959 in May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica) is a retired Canadian high jumper. Milt came to Canada at the age of 10 years. He attended and graduated from high school within the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). He received a full athletic scholarship from the University of Texas El Paso, where he received his bachelor's degree in education.After retiring from active competition Ottey spent several years coaching in various universities throughout the United States, including University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Kent State University and University of New Mexico before moving back to Toronto.

The number one ranked high jumper in the world in 1982 and the twenty three times indoor and outdoor [National champions] in the men's high jump event, Ottey is the owner and director OT Fitness Educational Services inc. Ottey took over the reins of the UK kids core skills development program International Fun and Team Athletics (IFTA) in Canada. OT Fitness provide programs in schools that promote health and fitness to assist in the core skills development of children and teens. OT Fitness looks at the obstacles to a healthy lifestyle and helps kids jump over them, crawl under them, run around them and tackle them head on “IT’S ABOUT THE KIDS”. Ottey resides in Scarbough with his wife and three children. He is a cousin of nine-time Olympic medallist Merlene Ottey.


  • 7-Time Canadian National High Jump Champion (1981–84, 1986–88)
  • Won the NCAA & US National titles in 1982.
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Canada
1979 Pan American Games San Juan, Puerto Rico 3rd High jump 2.19 m
1982 Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 1st High jump 2.31 m
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 9th High jump 2.24 m
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 6th High jump 2.29 m
1986 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 1st High jump 2.30 m
1987 World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 7th High jump 2.28 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 17th (q) High jump 2.22 m
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 3rd High jump 2.23 m

Note: Results with a q, indicate overall position in qualifying round.