Dame Kelly Holmes

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Dame Kelly Holmes

Double Olympic Gold Medal Winning Athlete and inspirational speaker

Dame Kelly Holmes is one of Britains most recognisable and admired athletes.

She has won Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European medals, and added the ultimate sporting trophy to her cabinet at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games winning Double Olympic Gold for the 800m and 1500m

Kelly, however is not only known for her medals and records, but is known for her gutsy, committed approach to her athletics and her ability to overcome injury and illness and still stay at the top of her discipline. Her strength and courage has won her many fans both within the sport and outside of it.

She started her athletics career as a promising athlete when a junior and won the 1,500m at the English Schools Championships, but chose to give up her early athletics career in favour of a career in the army. She signed up a few months before her 18th Birthday and over the next 9 years worked her way quickly up the ranks until she was a Sergeant. She joined with the aim of making Officer rank, but once she started to run again, initially for the forces, and started to win major titles she faced a really tough decision army or running. In 1997 she took the massive step and left the army and made athletics her focus and career.

Her desire to be the best demands that she gives 100%, something she does in everything she takes on. She has the fundamental element for success – the ability to be focused.

She was awarded the MBE in 1998 for services to the British Army and was honoured by the Queen in the 2005 New Years honours with a Damehood.

Awards since the 2004 Olympic Games

  • Dame Commander of the British Empire
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year
  • International Athlete of the Year – Voted by International Sports Journalist
  • European Female Athlete of the Year
  • International Amateur Athletic Federation – Female Performance of the Year
  • Sports Writers Association Sports Woman of the Year
  • British Athletic Writers Association Female Athlete of the Year
  • London Sports Personality of the Year
  • BBC Radio London Sports Personality of the Year
  • BBC Radio London Athlete of the Year
  • BBC South East Sports Personality of the Year
  • BBC South East Courier Award
  • Celebrity Sports Star of the Year
  • Transworld Sport Sports Woman of the Year
  • Sunday Times Sports Woman of the Year
  • Norwich Union Award for Best Performance in a British Vest 2004
  • Kent Invicta Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • T4 Honours Award
  • Great Britons Award – Sport
  • Diva Best Female
  • TV Moments Awards – Best Sport Moment of the Year
  • TV Moments Awards – Golden Moment of the Year
  • World Top Ten Athletes Award – Voted by the Chinese Public
  • Glamour Magazine Sports Woman of the Year
  • Women of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Walpole Award for British Sporting Excellence
  • Glasgow – Lord Provost Award
  • Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year



TAGS: Sport Athletics / Olympics / After Dinner Speakers / Inspirational Speakers / Motivational Speakers

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