Getting motivated with Kent's Dame Kelly Holmes
PUBLISHED: 16:59 20 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:34 20 February 2013
Dame Kelly Holmes talks about her role as a BT London 2012 Ambassador for the Olympic Games and why being involved in sport helps improve confidence and self-esteem
Getting motivated with Kents Dame Kelly Holmes
As a BT London 2012 Ambassador for the forthcoming London 2012 Olympic Games I have been busy playing my role by supporting BT in a number of key areas of activity:
I was asked by BT and the British Embassy to attend a high-profile visit in Doha, India, where I visited Doha College to highlight the importance of sport in bringing together people of different backgrounds and providing inspiration for young people around the world.
During my stay I visited the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, Qatars elite sports institute, where I led a short training session with some aspiring young female athletes.
The culture is very different there but with the nations recent success with the World Cup bid they are trying to enhance the opportunities for all, whether male or female.
At Doha College I spoke to the students and participants involved in the Qatar United English Speaking Schools (QUESS) initiative, which is a group of local schools who organise athletics competitions for their students.
I emphasised the important role sport plays in modern society both in personal development as well as social integration.
I know first hand the benefits of being involved in sport, it not only helps improve physical wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle but it also improves confidence, self-esteem, enhances communication, discipline, the ability to work in a team and many other social skills.
It was fantastic to meet the young people there in Qatar who are themselves very motivated by the whole range of sporting activities the college and facilities provide.
Later I was a guest at a reception hosted by the British Embassy in Doha with by HM Ambassador John Hawkins and Oliver Campenon with the Vice President of BT Global Services and special guest the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Michael Bear.
This gave me a chance to meet with many business leaders who are looking to enter places like Doha to offer their services. It is funny how life changes and the experiences I have continue to make me grow as a person.
BT 500 Stories photo shoot with the official London 2012 mascot Wenlock was great fun. The shoot was to launch the BT search for BT storytellers, held at the Globe Theatre in London.
The is a campaign looking for people from all walks of life to share their experiences and thoughts about the London 2012 Games in more than one creative way. Whether youre a writer, photographer, singer, artist we are looking for you to send your own unique take on 2012.
My role as a BT London 2012 Ambassador is a great opportunity for me to promote the London 2012 Olympic Games which are very of course very dear to me and I am immensely excited and proud the Games will be take part in Great Britain and hosted in London.
The Games are also an opportunity to inspire people all over the world to develop and perform at their best in whatever they choose to do.
The countdown of 500 days to go before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games was of course a big moment marked by BT at a reception held at the Gherkin in the City of London.
As London 2012 main communications provider, the event enabled BT to target its London 2012 stakeholders in the presence of the Chairman, Sir Mike Rake.
As we get closer and closer to the Games I hope you are getting as excited as I am!