Dame Kelly Holmes is an Olympian, Author, Presenter and Motivational Speaker.
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 just 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.
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.
Dame Kelly Holmes – Motivational Speaker:
When Holmes made history at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens she achieved something that only 2 other women in the world have ever achieved and became the second British athlete to win 2 middle distance Gold Medals at the same Games in over 80 years.
Before this historic victory launched her into the public eye, Dame Kelly’s career had been one filled with injuries and disappointments, however her dedication and determination to achieve her lifelong dream saw her overcome all of this and realise her dream not once but twice.
These experiences make her an ideal speaker as she reflects on her personal experiences and provides insight into her 20 year career. Her natural humour and charm is more than enough to keep the audience both informed and entertained.
Dame Kelly develops presentations in her own style that are tailored for different team and corporate scenarios working with Clients to achieve goals and objectives of strategy meetings, seminars and conferences.
As Dame Kelly imparts key information from her life, as a Physical Training Instructor in the British Army, her Athletics Career and her role as National School Sports Champion, these presentations are equally effective at large team building sessions and sales conferences through to strategic retreats and change management sessions
Kelly Holmes was awarded the MBE in 1998 for services to the British Army and was honoured by the Queen in the 2005 New Year’s honours with a Damehood.