Kelly Holmes – Keynote Speaker

British Olympic Gold Medalist

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Specialist Subjects

  • Teamwork and Motivation
  • Achieving success through adversity
  • The inspiration of the Olympic Games
  • Using elite sports performance strategies in business
  • Leading a healthy lifestyle to create positive thinking
  • How women can succeed in a \mans\ world


  • English


Dame Kelly Holmes 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 27 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 Years Honours lists.

Kelly first established her working career as a member of the British Army in 1988. Reaching the Rank of Sergeant, Kelly decided to leave in 1997 to pursue a senior athletics career full time. Upon leaving, Kelly was awarded a Member of the British Empire for her services to the British Army.

Since retiring in 2005, Kelly Holmes 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

She then founded her own charity the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust in 2008 , to which she is the active Chair, to provide 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 Holmes also an Ambassador and Patron to many UK charities as well as being a key member of the Ambassador team for the London 2012 Olympic bid.

Kelly chaired an Olympic Legacy Taskforce on behalf of David Cameron and suggested 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.

Her current roles include member of the Commission for Women in Sport, and President of the Commonwealth Games England.

She runs her own business developing fitness initiatives, equipment and heath products.

Since Dame Kelly Holmes made history at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens she has used her experience and knowledge to talk about being successful in the face of adversity and motivation hope to succeed. Kelly speaks from the heart, capturing the imagination of all that she meets.

Dame Kelly imparts key information from her life as a Physical Training Instructor in the British Army, her outstanding Athletics Career. These presentations are equally effective at large team building sessions and sales conferences through to strategic retreats and change management sessions. Dame Kelly can also lead practical and physical team building sessions.

Be prepared to be wowed, by her enthusiasm and energy.

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