Dame Kelly Holmes
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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. One of her most successful seasons ever, Kelly's achievements on the track in 2004 set the pace for 25 high profile awards and accolades, among others BBC Sports Personality of the Year, European Athlete of the year, the prestigious title of the Laureus World Sports Woman of the year and in 2005 the ultimate honour of being made a Dame by the Queen in the New Year Honours lists.

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.

Since retiring in 2005, Kelly has developed both her professional and personal career path. Founding On 'Camp' with Kelly in January 2004 a mentoring and education initiative for junior middle distance athletes www.oncampwithkelly.co.uk and went on to become a key member of the Ambassador team for the London 2012 Olympic bid.

Kelly is Patron to several UK charitable causes, but in July 2008 she founded her own charity the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust (www.dkhlegacytrust.org), which creates life chances for young people by providing mentoring and support from world class sports performers.

Dame Kelly was appointed as President of Commonwealth Games England in 2009 and in 2011 was made Team GB 2012 Ambassador.

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London 2012 Can Challenge Negative Perceptions of Youth

(4) Comments | Posted 11 December 2012 | (00:00)

It saddens me whenever I see yet another story labelling all of the youth of Britain as uneducated, unemployable or criminals. A lot of people have a toxic attitude to youth in this country which can be damaging and, in my experience, tarnishing them all in this way is completely...

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