Double Olympic Gold Medallist
Despite early indications of her athletic success, Kelly Holmes gave up the sport to join the army at the age of 18 and went on to become British army judo champion. In 1992 she returned to competitive athletics.
Dame Kelly Holmes achieved Olympic Games double gold at Athens making history in 2004. Prior to this incredible achievement, Dame Kelly had to overcome various injuries and set backs, however her courage and determination led to the fulfilment of her ultimate ambition
In 1998 she was awarded the MBE for services to the British Army and was honoured by the Queen with a Dame hood in the 2005 New Year’s Honours
Dame Kelly draws on her experiences as a Physical Training Instructor in the British Army, her Athletics Career and her role as The National School Sport Champion. She is an inspirational speaker delivering presentations with humour and charm around the themes of overcoming adversity, goal setting, team building and change management
In addition to her other achievements, Dame Kelly has also written her autobiography, Black, White & Gold, covered the Bejing Olympic Games for the BBC, been appointed president of Commonwealth Games England in 2009, appeared in the Celebrity TV Series, Dancing on Ice; and been appointed by the government as the first National School Sport Champion. She is renowned for the work she undertakes with school and youth sport and founded the DKH Legacy Trust in 2008 to provide support to elite performers.
In January 2011 Dame Kelly published a motivational handbook entitled, “Six Simple Steps to Achieve Success.”