Dame Kelly Holmes
Everyone needs someone to help them live a positive life and realise their true potential. This is why I set up my charity, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, eight years ago on the eve of the Beijing Games. I embarked on this mission because I realised two things: not enough young people have a mentor figure in their life; and secondly because I knew the solution.
We began in 2012 after London to tap into this 'wasted workforce' (as I like to call it), yet, we are a long way off realising its true value and potential. We often talk about 'Olympic legacy' in terms of sports participation, infrastructure and tourism. It's time we added world class athletes to this list.
I first met Martine about six years ago. She was unemployed and regularly in trouble with the law. The truth is she had lost her way and needed some guidance. A few weeks ago our paths crossed again; and what a transformation...
As a double Olympic Champion and international senior athlete for 12 years, I can say first hand the pride I felt each time I qualified to represent my country and how significant wearing a British vest was. The Union Flag represents a massive sense of passion and identity and an incredible sense of achievement.
What makes me smile? This does: youth unemployment is down. In fact it's down a lot... Without doubt the figures say we're going in the right direction, but I've got some bits of paper in front of me now which tell me there's a long, long way to go yet. My charity has just carried out some research on young people who've been labelled as 'NEETs'. It's a horrible term I know - and in case you didn't know, it means Not in Employment, Education or Training - but they're exactly the type of people we work with, and we need to understand how they're thinking in 2014 in order to help them.
That the women are no less exceptional at what they do is clear and last week's event proved this beyond doubt. The women's game is as competitive as ever and they are just as fiercely dedicated to their sport as the men, if not more. Why then should they reap less?
Olympic athlete Chris Hoy, 37, recently announced his retirement from competitive cycling after winning 11 world titles. Retirement is often treated as a taboo subject in the world of sport so what happens to sports figures when they retire and why do so many struggle to cope?
She's an Olympic gold medalist and a Dame (get 'er) but has she let either go to her head? Time to find out as we ask, Dame
Pictures from the Absolutely Fabulous Olympics special have been released, showing Patsy and Eddy getting their game face
This year's celebration of higher education in the UK has an Olympic theme. So it was natural for UCAS to team up with our nearest uni to mark the event and raise money for charity.