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Denise Lewis – Keynote Speaker

Winner of an Olympic Gold medal (2000, Sydney)

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  • Motivation
  • Sports

Language

  • English

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Biography

Denise Lewis OBE is an accomplished presenter, broadcaster, former athlete and President of Commonwealth Games England. The former Gold Medal winning heptathlete, who holds the second highest number of points scored by a British Heptathlete, has gone on to secure a successful broadcast career. Since her retirement from Athletics, Lewis has undertaken an array of television work including commentating on high profile athletics events and fronting shows such as BBC’s Secret Britain and Right on the Money .
“one of the BBC’s most credible commentators.”

Lewis is one of the “golden girls” of British athletics, winning gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and subsequently being inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. Lewis has twice been runner-up in the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards (in 1998 and 2000) and was also honoured with an OBE in the 2000 New Year Honours.

Denise Lewis is considered one of the BBCs most credible commentators, which has seen her cover many key athletics events both at home and abroad. In 2012, Lewis covered the Commonwealth Games and the London Olympics, reporting daily from the Olympic Park. And in 2014, she reported on the European Diamond League and the London Marathon. Since then, Lewis has covered the European Team Championships, the 2015 World Athletics Championships , the Rio Olympics in 2016 and the IAAF Championships in 2017. In 2018, Lewis flew to the Gold Coast where she commentated on the Commonwealth Games and represented England as the President of Commonwealth Games England.

Lewis has also presented for BBC One’s Seven Wonders of the Common wealth , in which she travelled to Zambia to report on the spectacular sight of the Victoria Falls. Furthermore, she had a successful stint co-presenting The One Show in 2015 and following on from the popularity of her episode of Operation Meet the Street, Lewis featured as a Contributor for ITV’s Give a Pet a Home.

Denise Lewis has previously competed in and achieved runner up in the second series of Strictly Come Dancing and achieved the judges highest score in the Strictly Come

Dancing Champion of Champions Special. Lewis has also been involved in several sporting achievements including the challenge of rowing the channel with John Bishop, Davina McCall and Andrew Flintoff and also competed in the wheelchair basketball event at the 2014 Invictus Games, which was broadcast live on The One Show.

Throughout her career, Denise Lewis has used her platform to highlight projects that discuss and promote diversity. In 2012, she anchored the Woman of the Year Awards for ITV1’s Lorraine. Then, in 2016, Lewis presented Winners for BBC Two, BBC World and News, which saw her uncover the incredible stories of six female athletes from around the world and the challenges they face simply because they are female.

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