Dame Kelly Holmes

Incredibly Successful Middle Distance Athlete

dame kelly holmes

Whether on the track or on the stage, Dame Kelly Holmes is exceptional. The motivational speaker frequently appears at events up and down the country, sharing the wisdom she built over years of competing. She is one of the most recognisable names in British sport, and is highly regarded for her work as a role model to young athletes. Despite being raised by her single mother on a council estate, the support from her P.E teacher drove her to pursue her dream of being a runner. Her family travelled around the country with Kelly, taking her to numerous race meetings, teaching her the importance of a supporting team.

Kelly started her early career as a professional runner, but changed paths when she joined the British Army aged 18. As an HGV driver and a Physical Training Instructor, she developed skills in mental resilience and perseverance, integral to the military. An event with Kelly does not just benefit from an Olympic speaker, but a military speaker too, making her strategies to success even more valuable. For corporate audiences, her motivational speeches centring around workplace culture and high-performance teams can inspire productivity and passion.

Contrary to popular belief, Kelly’s MBE was from her services to the military and not her achievements in sport, along with her being appointed Honorary Colonel. After leaving the arm, Kelly set her sights on the Olympics. Though she was plagued with injuries that damaged her mental health, this exceptional runner went on to secure two gold medals at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Kelly learnt the importance of giving disadvantaged young people the opportunities they deserve, which is what inspired her to set up the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. A truly empowering motivational sports speaker, she can inspire an improved personal and professional perspective in her audience.

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Kelly giving a TED Talk:

When featuring at events Kelly is known to discuss such topics as:

  • Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Inspiration & Leadership
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • High-Performance Teams
  • Female Empowerment

Over the course of her career Kelly earned the following achievements:

  • Gold medal at the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games
  • Gold medal at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games
  • Two gold medals at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games
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