Dame Kelly Holmes is one of Britain’s most inspirational athletes, sought after to motivate audiences using her epic life story and career success as a driving force for others. An accomplished 800 meter and 1500-meter runner, Kelly has represented her country at three Olympic Games’ and remains unbeaten in three distances, a testament to her impressive performances on the track.
Best recognised for her unparalleled performance in the Olympic Games, Kelly secured her first Olympic medal, a bronze in the Sydney 2000 in the 800 meters. Entering the stadium at the Summer Olympics 2004, little did Kelly know she would leave Athens a national treasure and world record holder. Achieving two gold medals, Kelly’s lifelong ambitions had been realised, and she became the third woman in history to take the double crown in both events in the same Games. In total, Kelly boasts seven gold, eight silver and four bronze medals across competitions including the Commonwealth Games and World Championships.
Despite being involved in running from a young age, Kelly first pursued a career in the Army as an HGV driver and a member of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps. Continuing her running whilst in the Army, much of Kelly’s time was spent suffering from injuries, a theme that continued into her professional work. Such perceived failure led her to suffer from depression and self-harm, a topic she now openly discusses to raise awareness of the mental challenges faced in sports. From an upbringing on a council estate to achieving two honoured careers, Kelly’s resilience and hard work have driven her to success.
Now a regular feature of the media, Kelly, who was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2004, is an advocate for mental health in sport and supporting disadvantaged youths through her charity. Publishing five books, acting as the President of Commonwealth England, and working as a motivational speaker, Kelly Holmes remains a key figure in the international sports community and beyond.
Most recently, Kelly Holmes was inducted into the Top Virtual Speakers Available to Hire, an acknowledgement of her talents as an inspirational female athlete.
Kelly Holmes is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:
“Please pass our thanks on to Kelly. The delegates’ loved her and all staff was in agreement that she was the best speaker that we have ever had!”
“Kelly drew on her own inspirational story to deliver a motivational after dinner speech to senior employees of Charles Stanley Plc at their 2013 Business Conference.”
“Kelly was fantastic. We enjoyed having her on stage and the audience were clearly engaged – she covered a wide variety of topics in a relatable way. I have heard nothing but positive feedback from attendees. The crowd were particularly interested in her charitable endeavours. She was both humble and inspiring.”
“It went very well! Better than we could have imagined – very positive feedback. Dame Kelly even joined in on our cocktail making session after! Our clients absolutely loved it. Thank you so much for helping us arrange!!”
“If you could pass on to Kelly a personal thanks from myself and Katie. The talk exceeded our expectations, the energy, authenticity and inspiration Kelly gave our colleagues was brilliant and since the session finished only 30 minutes ago, we have been inundated with positive feedback and comments. A huge thank you for agreeing to be part of our employee wellbeing initiative”