Double Olympic Champion Col Dame Kelly Holmes is one of the UK’s most popular athletes, respected throughout the world as a role model and an inspiration. She approaches her talks in a style that is eloquent and humorous, as well as being an effortless speaker who explains how techniques she has learnt on the track can be applied to all areas of life. Kelly has recently been made honorary Colonel of the British Army, this is a huge honour as she’s the first British female to ever receive this award.
Setting and still holding the British records in the 600m, 800m and 1000m, Col Dame Kelly Holmes is an Olympic, Commonwealth and European champion that has achieved seven Gold, eight Silver and four Bronze medals throughout her career. This includes her double win in the 800m and 1500m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, becoming the first Briton in over 80 years to do so. After her Olympic success, she won BBC Sports Personality of the Year, European Athlete of the Year and was honoured with a Damehood from the Queen.
But, before Col Dame Kelly started winning gold medals, her career was overshadowed by injury and disappointment. She draws on how she found the determination and dedication to overcome this in her talks and she emphasises that we can all overcome our hardships, especially in the workplace, just as she did.
Dame Kelly’s recent speech at the Businesswoman of the Year Awards was awarded a standing ovation and there is one common theme that runs through her feedback – inspirational. When she founded her Trust, Col Dame Kelly Holmes set out to help young lives get back on track. In her talks, she encourages the same philosophy – nothing is impossible.
She uses vital information from her life as a physical training instructor in the British Army, as well as her athletics career and role as The National School Sport Champion, to bring about effective team building sessions that are motivational, empowering and highlight the importance of sport and making sure you look after yourself.