CHALLENGE AND ADVERSITY are no strangers to athletics icon, Dame Kelly Holmes. The middle-distance runner – who made history when she won gold for both the 800m and 1500m events at the 2004 Olympics in Athens – has battled a string of injuries and health problems during her career.
Since her retirement from athletics in 2005, she’s forged a successful career in health and fitness, and founded a charity – the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust (damekellyholmestrust.org) – to help other athletes and disadvantaged young people.
She has remained an ambassador of sport in the UK, and dared to challenge populist opinion, standing up to those who disagreed with her stance on the exclusion of transgender athletes into mainstream competition.
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