Dame Kelly Holmes has been honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Mirror and TSB Pride of Sport Awards.

The Trust’s Founder and President received the esteemed crown at an evening in London which celebrated and recognised the unsung heroes of British sport.

In addition to the significant contribution Dame Kelly has made across athletics over a sustained period of time, a large component of the win was attributed to her charitable Trust, its impact and her wider influence in sport and across society.

At 34, Dame Kelly broke records when she won gold medals in the 800 and 1500 metre races at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Dame Kelly continues to represent Great Britain’s sporting legacy in the country and abroad and plays a key role as President of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, which uses world class athletes to help young people facing disadvantage.

On receiving her award, Dame Kelly Holmes said:

“It’s a real honour to be selected for the Pride of Sport Lifetime Achievement Award. What I was able to achieve on that night in Athens 12 years ago has allowed me the opportunity to pursue things off the track which are close to my heart.

“It’s incredible to think that since setting up my charity over eight and a half years ago, it’s now  reached over 300,000 young people facing disadvantage and supported over 400 athletes beyond sport. The programmes are having a truly life transforming impact on some of the most disadvantaged young people across the UK and I look forward to seeing this continue over the many years to come.”

Emma Atkins, Chief Executive at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said:

“Since 2008 I have had the absolute pleasure of working side-by-side with Kelly, as she tirelessly strives to improve the life chances of young people and support athletes beyond sport. We are immensely proud of Kelly winning this award – it couldn’t have gone to anyone more deserving.”