Denise Lewis

Denise Lewis


Olympic gold medal winning Heptathlete Denise Lewis. The heptathlon is seven disciplines over two days; shot putt, high jump, 100m hurdles, 200m, long jump, javelin and 800m. After winning Commonwealth gold in this most physically demanding event, Denise swept to Olympic victory in Sydney; despite suffering from an injured Achilles tendon. She became the sixth British woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the history of track and field.

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How It Began

Denise was brought up by a young single mother in Wolverhampton. She talks openly about the sacrifices she had to make; to maintain her training regime, at the start of her athletic career. She has since experienced both the highs of success and the lows of press criticism; for pulling out from the World Championships.

Denise In Retirement

Since retiring from pro sport, Denise Lewis has remained involved in supporting grass roots sport and various charities. A regular on TV, Denise is an athletics pundit and featured often during the BBC’s London 2012 coverage. She was also a runner up on Strictly Come Dancing.

Denise Lewis Guest Speaker

As a guest speaker, Denise Lewis encourages delegates; to see her gold medal not just as a symbol of winning, but also of collaboration. Her message focuses on the mix of qualities, from dedication, ambition and passion; to coaching and goal setting, which are all key to success. She also stresses the crucial role of communities, in nurturing the dreams of talented local athletes.

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