Kelly is one of Britain’s best and most highly sought after public speakers. Having overcome debilitating physical and mental ill health to become a Double Olympian, Dame Kelly inspires audiences with her funny, down to earth and practical talks. Her enthusiastic and energetic speeches are rooted in the unique achievements of a Double Olympic Champion and keep everyone entertained with her natural humour.
Facts you know about Kelly
- Double Gold win in the 800m and 1500m, at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens – the first British woman to do so
- BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2004
- Awarded the DBE for services to athletics in 2005
- Awarded an MBE for services to the British Army in 1998
- Respected role model and an inspiration
Facts you may not know about Kelly
- Struggled at school academically but encouraged by her PE teacher to pursue her talent at running
- Dreamed of becoming an Olympic champion at age 14
- At 18, quit competitive running to pursue her first dream – the British army, where she became an HGV driver and then a Physical Training Instructor
- Left the army in 1997, age 27, to pursue her Olympic dream
- Retired from competing in 2005, with twelve major championship medals from the Olympics, Worlds, Commonwealth and European championships
- In 2008, founded Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, with a vision to get young lives on track using the unique skills of world class athletes to engage, enable and empower
- Retaining British record holder in the 600m, 800m and 1000m
What Kelly knows about perseverance and determination
Kelly was raised by her mum on a council estate in Kent. She attended the local secondary school where, due to the belief and support of her PE teacher, she pursued her talent at running. Ferried to race meetings, up and down the country by her family in their clapped-out old bangers, she knows the importance of having a supportive team.
Having left professional running to pursue her army career, she could never shift the dream of Olympic gold – but it was a very, very tough journey there.
Her running career was overshadowed with repeated injury and disappointment. Recurring physical injuries contributed to periods of clinical depression and self-harm that continued to affect her just one year before her Olympic double.
She approaches her talks in a style that is eloquent and humorous. She is an effortless speaker who explains how techniques she has learnt on the track can be applied to all areas of life.
She draws on humble, encouraging and empowering stories from her early life, athletics career and career in the British Army.
She provides practical advice and inspirational vision for achieving ambitions in both the professional and personal worlds – whether that be on the track, in the office or in the home.
In her talks, she encourages the philosophy of nothing is impossible.
Previous Speaking Topics:
- Mental Health in the Workplace
- Women’s Empowerment/Networking
- Performance, Resiliance & Overcoming Adversiy
- Goal Setting & High Performing Teams
- Inspiration & Leadership
- Sports & Peak Performance
- Health, Wellbeing & Nutrition