Dame Kelly Holmes - Future stars
PUBLISHED: 13:40 19 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:42 20 February 2013
Dame Kelly Holmes reveals how the work and passion that has driven her for the past seven years to help young people first began...
The story started in early 2004, before I won my double Olympic Gold medals, with my initiative On Camp with Kelly. The idea came to me lying on my bed one day!
I realised that whatever happened at the Athens Games, I wanted to help young athletes learn what it takes to become world class and achieve their dreams.
I had been through so much in my career, with its setbacks, successes and disappointments, and I believed that aspiring young athletes could learn from my experiences and that I could help them develop in their careers.
So, with the support of Aviva who still sponsor the initiative today On Camp with Kelly was born, Through this I teach the athletes about the many aspects that go into making a world-class international performer, from nutrition and injury prevention to goal setting and race tactics.
I also put them through scenarios where they have to deal with things such as their luggage going missing on the way to an international competition.
Highlights to date have included Educational Camps at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2009 World Athletics Championships, visits to the London 2012 Olympic Park and even a cookery master class with celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott.
One of the things I am most proud of is the success of On Camp with Kelly in retaining athletes in the sport during their late teenage years when drop-out rates are traditionally high.
Another of my initial aims was to help athletes make a successful transition from junior to senior ranks, and this is now starting to come to fruition with more athletes than ever before selected for international senior championships
in 2010, and 12 of them winning medals at national senior championships.
On Camps success led me to set up Future Stars with Kelly last year for athletes who win medals in middle-distance events at National Schools Championships or who earn selection for international Under 18 Championships.
I lead a series of education days for the young athletes and their parents and coaches to help them with their journey through school, junior and onto senior athletics with the help of athletes and staff from On Camp with Kelly.
So far we have held three days at Loughborough College covering topics such as nutrition, injury prevention, media training and my anti-doping education, as well as athletics training.
In light of the success of On Camp with Kelly I wanted to develop a legacy that would benefit young people who look up to and are inspired by elite sports performers like myself.
I decided to set up my own
charity The DKH Legacy Trust in 2008. Its mission is to create life chances for young people. Every young person the Trust supports
has the chance to work with, be inspired by, and learn from the experience of world-class sports stars.
The charitys team of Olympians, Paralympians, World, Commonwealth and European Champions know what it takes to overcome adversity, and still have the will to succeed, not only in sport, but in life too.