Dame Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes

Motivational and Inspirational Speaker – Double Olympic Gold Medalist
FEE : £15k+


Dame Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes is one of Britain’s most recognisable and admired athletes who has won Olympic, World, Commonwealth, European medals and Double Olympic Gold. Kelly is also passionate about raising awareness of mental health

An inspirational and talented speaker who is in very high demand and booked across the world – Kelly’s style is energetic, motivational and real.  Her speeches cover many areas, including her life journey to becoming a Double Olympic Champion, her experiences within the British Army, business, fitness, mental health and wellbeing, articulating incredible stories of determination, resilience and overcoming adversity.
Kelly is passionate about raising awareness of mental health.  Her own experience led her to learn more and to help others.  A trained Mental Health First Aider, she assists corporates and individuals through her commercial work and her charitable activities, in raising awareness on this subject.

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.

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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.

Featured Topics Include:

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

Thank you  Dame Kelly Holmes  You really inspired and motivated the delegates to achieve their life goals, through an interactive and fun session. Your style made for a stunning presentation, which engaged the audience 100%. We really appreciated your honesty and openness and the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session.



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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