Dame Kelly Holmes

Motivational and Inspirational Speaker  – Double Olympic Gold Medalist


It was an honour and a privilege to have Dame Kelly Holmes speak at our Annual staff conference. Her talk was as inspiring as it was moving and I know all the staff present were grateful to have her there. I’d like to offer my personal thanks to Kelly for her passion and enthusiasm which exemplify so well the attitude Newham College tries to encourage in its staff.
Newham College of Further Education
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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.

Kelly’s achievements on the track in 2004 set the pace for 27 high profile awards and accolades, among others were the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, European Athlete of the year, and the prestigious title of the Laureus World Sports Woman of the year and in the 2005 New Years Honours List Kelly received the ultimate honour of a Damehood.

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.

Kelly has written Black, White & Gold and the motivational guide Just Go For It and in 2008 Dame Kelly Holmes founded her own charity, the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, to which she is Chair. The Trust provides support to 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 was an Ambassador for London 2012 and is patron to many UK Charities.  She founded a multi-million pound programme for British women athletes, and recently opened her own cafe in her home town in Kent.

Kelly imparts key information from her life as a Physical Training Instructor in the British Army, and on her outstanding Athletics Career. Her presentations are equally effective at large team building sessions and sales conferences through to strategic retreats and change management sessions. She speaks with passion and shares her courage and compassion.


Topics include:

  • Sport and Olympics
  • Motivation  and Teamwork
  • Awards Host
  • Empowering Women
  • After Dinner Speaker
  • Leadership