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Kelly Holmes

Knowledge Identifier: +Kelly_Holmes


Kelly Holmes

Retired British middle distance athlete add

Category: Athletics

Born in 1970.

Countries: United Kingdom (74%), (13%), Sweden (9%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Norwich Union, England, The Daily Telegraph

Linked to: British Army, Hugh Christie Technology College, Norwich Union, Soviet Union




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Inspired by a number of successful British middle distance runners in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Holmes began competing in middle distance events in her youth add something


Kelly Holmes was born in 1970 add something


Holmes elected in June 1990 to attend the first course to be run under the new Army Physical Training Corps syllabus, and successfully passed out as a Class 2 PTI. Although militarily quite young, Holmes' athletic prowess was impressive and she was encouraged to attend the course selection for full-time transfer to the Army Physical Training Corps add something


Holmes eventually qualified as a Sergeant Class 1 PTI, although she remained in the Adjutant General's Corps after the disbandment of the WRAC in 1992 add something


She won a silver and a bronze medal at the 1995 Gothenburg !World_Championships (IAAF_World_Championships_in_Athletics) but suffered from various injuries over the following two years, failing to gain a medal at her first Olympics in Atlanta 1996 add something


For several years she combined both athletics and her employment in the Army, until increased funding allowed her to become a full-time athlete in 1997 add something


Denise Lewis - Alongside Dame Kelly Holmes, Christine_Ohuruogu and Paula Radcliffe, Lewis enjoys acclamation as one of the current "golden girls" of British athletics and has twice,in 1998 and 2000, been runner up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year


While training in 2003 for the 2004 Summer Olympics at a French training camp, Holmes suffered leg injuries and was very depressed, she began to meditate using an English lantern "I made one cut for every day that I had been injured", Holmes stated in an interview with the "News of the World" newspaper add something


Maria Mutola - It was widely felt that Mutola ran tactically during the 2003 race by setting a slow pace in order to aid her training partner Kelly Holmes


Holmes won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2004, saying she achieved her goals after "twenty years of dreaming" add something


Since 2004, Holmes has taken part in Norwich Union sponsored "On Camp with Kelly" athletics camps helping train more junior athletes add something


Joanne Fenn - In the 800 m at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, where Jo accompanied teammate and eventual gold medalist Kelly Holmes, she progressed through the first round but in the third of three semi-finals found the pace too fast and finished fifth therefore not qualifying for the final


For her achievements she won numerous awards and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 add something


Her training schedule during the summer of 2005 had been disrupted by a recurrent Achilles tendon injury, and she finished the race in 8th place, limping across the finish line and completing a lap of honour on a buggy add something


In 2005, after her achievements at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Holmes chose to talk about her self-harm to show others that being a professional athlete is an extremely difficult thing to do and places the athlete under tremendous amounts of stress add something


In 2005, she won the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year add something


She retired from athletics in 2005 and has since made a number of television appearances add something


On 21 August 2005, she competed in her final race in the UK, the 800 m at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix meeting in Sheffield add something


On 6 December 2005, Holmes announced her retirement from athletics, stating she had reassessed her future after the death of a friend as well as citing a lack of motivation to continue add something


Holly Colvin - In December 2006, Colvin was named as 'Female Pupil of the Year' by "The Telegraph's" 'School Sport Matters' campaign, receiving the award at Lord's from Olympic gold-medallist Kelly Holmes


On 16 September 2007, Holmes presented the weekly round-up of sports news on the BBC London News as an apparent substitute for regular presenter Mark Bright add something


In 2008, Holmes founded the DKH Legacy Trust, a registered charity, to support young athletes and help the lives of young people across the UK. add something


Becky Lyne - However, she was not selected for the event due to the resurgence of Kelly Holmes, who subsequently coached Lyne during the 2008 season


In May 2009 Holmes was named as the new President of Commonwealth Games England, succeeding Sir Chris Chataway, who had held the post since 1994 add something


In 2010, Holmes was inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame add something


Jenny Meadows - Meadows started the season in great form and on 20 February 2010 broke the British indoor 800 m record, formerly held by Kelly Holmes, with a 1:59:11 in Birmingham


In October 2011 Holmes appeared live on Dubai One lifestyle show Studio One as she talked about her life and career after athletics add something


In 2012, Kelly Holmes attended a red carpet event for promoting the London Olympic Games and chose to wear HEMYCA which is a British fashion brand, well-known for dressing hard working, confident and strong women since being founded in 2007 by designers Helen Clinch and Myra Nigris add something


In 2013 Holmes became the face of MoneyForce - a programme run by the Royal British Legion to deliver money advice to the UK Armed Forces add something


Later, in September 2017, Holmes explained that "at my lowest, I was cutting myself with scissors every day that I was injured add something


In December 2017, Holmes spoke about her 2003 mental health issues in an episode of "All in the Mind" on BBC Radio 4 and in 2018 was one of the judges of the programme's awards add something


In 2018 she was made Honorary Colonel of the Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment, a unique honour add something