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Dame Kelly Holmes on tackling urban and extreme sports in Channel 4's Famous and Fearless

PUBLISHED: 00:16 17 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:41 20 February 2013

Dame Kelly Holmes on tackling urban and extreme sports in Channel 4's Famous and Fearless

Dame Kelly Holmes on tackling urban and extreme sports in Channel 4's Famous and Fearless

Dame Kelly Holmes on tackling urban and extreme sports in Channel 4's Famous and Fearless, her mentoring and education programmes and why she loves Tunbridge Wells...

I am continuing my mentoring and education programmes and have to say these are something that make me smile every time I meet the athletes involved in On Camp with Kelly. I continue to think of more ways of developing their life skills.

I got everyone to meet up at the Soho offices of Avivas PR agency, Hill & Knowlton, to take part in interactive workshops on cv writing and then have mock interviews to develop their skills and techniques, which will hopefully assist them in their job applications.

Future Stars with Kelly is another one of the education and mentoring programmes I am funding, a new initiative devised and developed by me and delivered by my company, Double Gold Consultancy.

Despite the snowy weather, 35 middle-distance athletes travelled to Loughborough College in Leicester with their coaches and parents to take part in this event. All the athletes were aged between 14 and 19 and were chosen because of their medal-winning performances at their National School Championships and/or International under-18 Championships such as the Youth Olympic Games.

November saw my charity host its first project for young people in Kent. We held our Backing Talent programme for more than 100 talented sports performers from across the county at Kent University in Canterbury.

Led by myself and other world-class sports performers like Beijing Gold medallist sailor Pippa Wilson, we provided mentoring and practical workshops designed to help these youngsters know what it takes to reach the top in sport.

Attendees included Kelsie Gibson, 17, silver medallist in Adaptive Rowing at this years World Championships, and National Schools U16 Table Tennis champion Lewis Gray, who is from Tunbridge Wells.

I wrote last month how much I enjoyed the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and as the President of the Commonwealth Games Team England I was invited to the Commonwealth Games homecoming event at the Guildhall in London. This was a fabulous event to celebrate the success of the team and also enabled the support team let their hair down.

New Years Resolutions are made in January and most have been broken already! I think its better to decide what you want to achieve, set yourself a goal and then work out how you are going to achieve it. Thats why I wrote my book Just Go For It, simple steps to success.

My short-term goals have been focusing on the new TV show, Famous and Fearless. I am also getting ready for my business course exam at the Institute of Directors in March, to get there I have to train and study,
so it's head down soon for the exam.

My mid-term aim is to work on a range of clothing and fitness equipment, which I hope youll see in in the shops later this year.

Tunbridge Wells is somewhere Ill get used to visiting this year, not just for the shopping (I love it there!) but because I have joined the board of the education department within TUI, an international leisure travel group.

I hope to pop in and see everyone each month in the office so I can understand more about the company, and be able to give some good guidance and advice to their strategy.


Just Go For It, 6 Simple Steps to Achieve Success, by Dame Kelly Holmes (Hay House, 10.99).
For more information, please visit: www.doublegold.co.uk and www.dkhlegacytrust.org
Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust inspires young people and unlocks life chances for them by improving their skills, knowledge and self belief through support and mentoring projects with sporting champions

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