Dame Kelly Holmes
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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 Athens Olympic Games Double Olympic Gold.
Kelly Holmes, 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.
Kelly Holmes 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 ½ 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.
Gold Commonwealth Games 1500m
Silver European Championships 1500m
Silver 1500m and Bronze 800m World Championships
UK record at 800m - 1:56.21
UK record at 1000m - 2:32.80
4th Olympic Games 800m
UK record at 1500m - 3:58.07
UK record at 1000m - 2:32.55
Silver 1500m Commonwealth Games
Bronze 800m Olympic Games
Silver 800m Goodwill Games
Gold 1500m Commonwealth Games
Bronze 800m European Championships
Silver 1500m World Indoor Championships
British record of 4:02.66
European record at 1000m indoors 2:32.96
Gold OLYMPIC GAMES 800m
Gold OLYMPIC GAMES 1500m
New British record 1500m 3:57.90
1st World Athletics Final - 1500m
Winner of the Performance of the Year Award at the IAAF Gala
Won BBC Sports Personality of the Year
European Athlete of the Year 2004
Honoured with a Damehood by the Queen in the New Year's Honours
Winner of the Laureus World Sports Woman of the Year Award
The speech which Dame Kelly Holmes gave, was inspirational. She built up a great rapport with the audience immediately and spoke passionately about the importance of preparation, determination and of teamwork.
The feedback we received from the audience was fantastic and she was very patient after the event having her pictures taken and signing autographs.
Tom Storey Divisonal Manager Malla
As usual Kelly was an absolute professional at the recent Norwich Union media event in London. Due to her passion for the sport and her commitment to inspiring the next generation, she was excellent at delivering the key messages in all the print and broadcast interviews and as a result our campaign was a huge success."
Tanya Veingard Commercial Sponsorship Manager - Norwich Union