Dame Kelly Holmes is one of Britain’s 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. In the corporate sector, she offers words of wisdom and inspiration as a motivational speaker and is a skilled and experienced awards host.
Dame Kelly Holmes secured her place in history by becoming the first British female athlete to win both the 800m and 1500m in the 2004 Olympic Games. One of her most successful seasons ever, Kelly’s achievements on the track in 2004 set the pace for 30 high profile awards and accolades, among others BBC Sports Personality of the Year, European Athlete of the year, the prestigious title of the Laureus World Sports Woman of the year and in 2005 the ultimate honour of a Damehood by the Queen in the New Year’s Honours lists.
Kelly first established her working career as a member of the British Army in 1988. Reaching the Rank of Sergeant, she decided to leave in 1997 to pursue a senior athletics career full time. Upon leaving, Kelly was awarded a MBE (Member of the British Empire) for her services to the British Army.
Since retiring in 2005, Kelly has developed both her professional and personal career path. Founding ‘On Camp with Kelly’ in January 2004 a mentoring and education initiative for junior middle distance athletes.
Kelly then founded her own charity the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust in 2008, to which she is the active Chair, to provide support to other elite performers as they develop a new career, whilst at the same time making the most of their skills and experience, mentoring young people through personal development programmes.
Kelly an Ambassador and Patron to many UK charities including the Princes Trust; Variety Club of Great Britain; Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme; Sports Relief; Laureus Sport for Good Foundation; Hospice in the weald, Kent Sports Ambassador and ForceSelect Foundation. She was also a key member of the Ambassador Team for the London 2012 Olympic bid. Kelly was National School Sports Champion for 3 years under Gordon Brown and also chaired an Olympic Legacy Taskforce on behalf of David Cameron suggesting a ‘School Olympics’ to create competitive sport within schools as part of the sporting legacy post London 2012, which has now been adopted as a policy.
The Kelly Holmes brand delivers products, services and experiences designed to inspire and support the pursuit of health, fitness, well-being and achievement in sport. The brand is rooted in the unique achievements of a double Olympic champion and is synonymous with focus, self-belief, drive, determination and success.
Double Olympic Gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes is one of Britain’s most recognisable and admired athletes, and an inspirational corporate speaker.
- Awards Host
- After Dinner Speaker
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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