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Who is Kelly Holmes?

Dame Kelly Holmes DBE OLY (born 19 April 1970) is a retired British middle-distance athlete.

Olympic gold winner Kelly Holmes announces she is gay

Olympic gold winner Kelly Holmes announces she is gay
Olympic gold winner Kelly Holmes announces she is gay

SOCIAL media has been flooded with support for one of Britain’s most celebrated Olympic champions, Kelly Holmes, who announced that she is gay today, saying she “needed to do this now.”

Speaking during Pride month, the two-time Olympic gold medal winner said she realised she was gay at the age of 17 after kissing a fellow female soldier, and that her family and friends have known since 1997.

She told the Sunday Mirror: “I needed to do this now, for me. It was my decision. I’m nervous about saying it. I feel like I’m going to explode with excitement. Sometimes I cry with relief. The moment this comes out, I’m essentially getting rid of that fear.”

Holmes, 52, who was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 for services to athletics, also revealed that she had struggled with her mental health because of having to hide her sexuality, and that she had to keep several same-sex relationships she had during her time in the Women’s Royal Army Corps secret for fear of being court martialed.

Until 2000, it was illegal for gay, lesbian and bisexual people to serve in the Army, Navy and RAF — and Dame Kelly feared she would still face repercussions for breaking that law during her time in the forces.

Kelly Holmes Biography, Wiki

Kelly Holmes was born 19th April 1970 in Pembury in Kent. She was raised by her mother Pam, her father having left before she was one year old.

Her mother was just 17 when she had Kelly and, amid doubts she would be able to cope, the young Kelly spent time in a couple of homes as adoption was considered. However her mother was determined to keep Kelly and when she was four years old her mother married Mick Holmes who Kelly has always viewed as her real father.

It was a happy childhood, with Holmes attending the Hugh Christie comprehensive school in Tonbridge, though she was not particularly academically inclined. However she was an exceptionally talented young athlete, joining Tonbridge Athletics Club when age 12, where she was coached by David Arnold.

In 1983 Holmes gave a glimpse of her middle distance talent when she won the English Schools 1500m title. However without funding she was not able to pursue athletics full time when she left school at age 16, working in a shop and as a nursing assistant before joining the army at 18 years of age.

Initially Holmes was a truck driver in the army before becoming a physical training instructor and achieving the rank of Sergeant.

While in the army Holmes continued to run and would have to compete in the men’s 1500m to find suitable competition. Not just content with winning lots of running races Holmes also became the British Army judo champion.

Kelly Holmes Biography Wikipedia
Kelly Holmes
Full nameDame Kelly Holmes
ResidenceHildenborough, Kent, England
Height1.64 m
Events800 meters, 1,500 meters
RepresentingGreat Britain
ChampionshipsOlympic Games, World Championships, World Indoor Championships, European Championships, Commonwealth Games.

Is Kelly Holmes Gay?

Kelly Holmes has publicly stated that she is a homosexual and is finally free after 34 years. Kelly, on the other contrary, is unmarried.

She said she first came to know she was a lesbian at the age of 18 with her family knowing about her sexuality since 1997. While she is currently romantically involved with a woman, the two are not married.

Things changed after she joined the Women’s Royal Army Corps in 1988, a month before her 18th birthday whe fellow soldier kissed her at the bathroom block. She had even dated a woman for five years when she was aged 27-32 years but broke off the relationship in 2002. Her current net worth stands at $1.2 million.

Kelly Holmes Career

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 27 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 a Damehood by the Queen in the New Years 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 Holmes 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.

She then founded her own charity the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust in 2008 , to which she is the active Chair, to provide support to other 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.

Kelly Holmes also an Ambassador and Patron to many UK charities as well as being a key member of the Ambassador team for the London 2012 Olympic bid.

Kelly chaired an Olympic Legacy Taskforce on behalf of David Cameron and suggested a ‘School Olympics’ to create competitive sport within schools as part of the sporting legacy post London 2012, which has now been adopted as a policy.

Her current roles include member of the Commission for Women in Sport, and President of the Commonwealth Games England.

She runs her own business developing fitness initiatives, equipment and heath products.

Since Dame Kelly Holmes made history at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens she has used her experience and knowledge to talk about being successful in the face of adversity and motivation hope to succeed. Kelly speaks from the heart, capturing the imagination of all that she meets.

Dame Kelly imparts key information from her life as a Physical Training Instructor in the British Army, her outstanding Athletics Career. These presentations are equally effective at large team building sessions and sales conferences through to strategic retreats and change management sessions. Dame Kelly can also lead practical and physical team building sessions.

Be prepared to be wowed, by her enthusiasm and energy.

Kelly Holmes FAQ’s

Who is Kelly Holmes?

Dame Kelly Holmes DBE OLY (born 19 April 1970) is a retired British middle distance athlete.

How old is Kelly Holmes?

Kelly Holmes is currently 52 years old.

Is Kelly Holmes gay?

Kelly Holmes has publicly stated that she is a homosexual and is finally free after 34 years. Kelly, on the other contrary, is unmarried.

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