Kelly Holmes

Kelly Holmes

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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.

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Dame Kelly Holmes

Kelly 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.

Army Career

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.

Kelly Holmes In Retirement

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.

Charity Work

Kelly then founded her own charity the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust in 2008; to which she is the active Chair. Providing 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.

She 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.

Kelly Holmes: Speaker

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.

Speaking Topics

Double Olympic Gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes is one of Britain’s most recognisable and admired athletes; and an inspirational corporate speaker.

  • Sport
  • Motivation
  • Teamwork
  • Awards Host
  • Women
  • Athletics
  • Olympics
  • Inspirational
  • Leadership

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4 reviews for Kelly Holmes

  1. Forbo Flooring UK Ltd

    She spoke to the audience about her varied career, including the highs (and lows) of her journey, and how she overcame numerous obstacles to eventually become a double Olympic champion. Most importantly she spoke about how hard work, commitment and resilience were essential to achieving your goals. Dame Kelly was an extremely confident speaker and what she spoke about resonated with everyone in the room.

  2. The Chartered Insurance Institute

    She met our objectives fantastically. The audience warmed straight away to her great personality. She took the time with each attendee and also promoted her speech after her meet and greet hour. In the seminar her presentation was clear, motivational and completely on point with our message. The audience were very impressed.

  3. ICAEW

    Not only inspirational, but without any doubt the best after dinner speaker we have had in 16 years. Engaging, passionate and warm, she patiently posed with a beaming smile and unerring enthusiasm as the 420 audience queued up to take a photograph with her. Grown men were reduced to jelly.

  4. The Pampered Chef

    Kelly tailored her talk to relate to Pampered Chef consultants. She was very motivating and inspiring on a very personable level. Everybody wanted her to stay longer. In our survey 90% said they were very satisfied with her as a guest speaker (the highest option to choose from)

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