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Dame Kelly


A legendary female British Olympian who really does need no introduction! Just some of Dame Kelly's athletics highlights from a glittering career include:

Double Olympic Champion, 7 Gold, 8 Silver and 4 Bronze medals at Olympic, World, Commonwealth and EuropeanChampionships, Honorary Colonel of The Royal ArmouredCorps Training Regiment, First Briton in over 80 years to win Gold in both the 800m and 1500m at an Olympic Games.

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Army Career

At 18 quit her athletics career to pursue her first dream in the Army. She joined as a HGV driver and then became a Physical Training Instructor. She was awarded an MBE in 1998 for services to the British Army.

In 2018 appointed Honorary Colonel of The Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment, becoming the first person to ever be attached to a regular unit which was signed off by t...

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Having Dame Kelly at our event definitely added some magic and excitement. Everyone loved seeing her there and it was just brilliant that she ran with the children in the 2.5km, then again as part of the 10km. She spoke to so many people, had lots of photos taken and made a massive impact on the day. A huge thank you to Kelly for her support, it was just wonderful.
Dame Kelly Holmes spoke inspirationally about her journey to world class excellence. We got a personal and revealing insight into the self-disciplined, goal-orientated planning that underpinned her years of hard work. This was not a story of a single athlete but rather the leading person in a dedicated and professional team. Dame Kelly’s message resounded completely across all levels in our organisation

- Paul Fletcher - Senior Partner, Actis

Dame Kelly Holmes is extremely inspirational and motivational. She should be commended for being such an approachable, down to earth and charming person who has achieved such extraordinary things. An excellent day and superb guests, especially Kelly who made many people’s day in 20CS.

- BP

Kelly did a fabulous job in delivering to the brief that she was set. She is so natural, and nice, that the messages she delivers (in her own style) really strike home and her frankness about her own personal journey added to this. The whole site was absolutely buzzing about Kelly’s visit. I have had dozens of emails and personal messages commenting on how wonderful Kelly’s presentation was, and her willingness to engage with people on site. There was one word that has popped up over and over again… Inspirational. The whole site feels privileged to have met Kelly and heard about her journey (and to have seen her medals!).

- Unilever

Dame Kelly’s visit exceeded our expectations, she really did go above and beyond, not only talking to our Investors in Gold participants but then taking the time to speak individually to colleagues during her guided tour of the building. All of our colleagues really enjoyed sharing in the experience and it was echoed by all what a lovely and personable lady she is.

- CEO, Cabot Credit Management Ltd

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