Henley Standard Property
HOME

Date:

Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
Video: Olympian inspires pupils
Published 17/10/12



DAME KELLY HOLMES was surrounded by young fans when she opened a new boarding house at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham.

Watch our video of the Olympian's visit here

The retired middle distance runner, who won two Olympic gold medals at Athens in 2004, spent almost an hour signing autographs and chatting with pupils during her visit on Thursday last week.

She was at the all-girls’ independent secondary to open the £2.9 million Maddock House, which houses more than 70 junior pupils.

The afternoon began in the sports hall with a motivational speech in which 42-year-old Dame Kelly told her life story and gave the students advice on achieving their goals.

She told them: “You can all have a dream and you can all say, ‘What I do now, I just want to be the best that I can be at it’. “Achieving your goal takes hard work, dedication and a belief that you can do it.

“I was lucky enough to have a great support network of people who believed that I could achieve gold at the Olympics and, after 20 years of dreaming, I achieved my goal.”

Afterwards, scores of pupils gathered outside Maddock House for the opening ceremony.

Some were carrying home-made banners and there were loud screams and cheers when Dame Kelly took a photograph of the crowd on her mobile phone to upload to her Twitter page.

She then unveiled a plaque at the front of the building and formally opened it by cutting a ribbon.

When the ceremony was over, the crowd surged forward to ask Dame Kelly to sign flyers and other memorabilia from the day. Before she left, she was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Maddock’s head of house Sinead McCarthy.

Headmistress Julia Harrington said: “We were thinking about who we’d like to open our new house and wanted it to be someone who’d fit with the ethos of the school. Dame Kelly was a natural choice because she espouses everything we believe — that you should always aim for the best, try hard and get up when you fall down.”

Dame Kelly said: “School is the first part of everyone’s lives and it has a massive impact and influence. Here at Queen Anne’s there is a huge amount of opportunities to excel. Of course, any school is there to teach people, whether that’s academic subjects or personal and life skills. It’s a very valuable part of your life.”

Dame Kelly joined the Army at 18 and became a physical training instructor. A keen athlete in early life, she returned to her childhood passion after being inspired by the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

She won gold in the 800m and 1,500m at Athens and carried the British flag at the Olympic Games closing ceremony. She was was made a DBE the following year.

In 2010, she presented the prizes at Henley Royal Regatta, which she described as “fantastic” and “memorable”.


Published 17/10/12

MOST POPULAR
The charming codebreaker
Video: Don't like Mondays? Let's Rewind...
1.5 tonnes of rubbish dumped in car park
Crowds descend on Rewind as roads close
Peer pays £400,000 for village pub
Boris isn’t having his old seat back, says MP
Rewind Festival stars sign charity guitar
Worldwide debut for fastest ever supercharged Range Rover Sport
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
Splashing fun at Hurley Regatta
Gillotts celebrates best ever GCSE results
WWI memorial lunch raises £1,000 for appeal
Fares increase as Government transfers costs
Charity rowers stop off for a bacon sandwich
Skate park closed by town council
Local A-level results mirror national trend
Thieves steal two mountain bikes in Goring
Britwell Salome pub wins food award
Peer pays £400,000 for village pub
Mother defies jellyfish to swim Channel
Let’s rename new hospital
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
ADVERTISE WITH US
LATEST SPORTS HEADLINES
Rowing World Championships get under way
Tour of Britain comes to South Oxfordshire
League lead cut for Henley Cricket Club
Henley Town pick up first victory of season
Hawks have no answer to London Welsh
Top Videos
 
Most Popular
 
 
 
 
Higgs Group
HIGGS GROUP
Tel: 01491 419400
www.higgsgroup.co.uk
HENLEY PAGES
Tel: 01491 419419
www.henleypages.com
HIGGS PRINTING & DESIGN
Tel: 01491 419429
www.higgsprinting.co.uk
HIGGS OFFICE SUPPLIES
Tel: 01491 419499
www.higgsofficesupplies.co.uk
HENLEY LIFE MAGAZINE
Tel: 01491 419449
www.henleylife.co.uk
HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD.

Cookie Policy | Copyright and Terms | Competition Rules | Contact Us | Advertise with us | Site Map
© Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited 2013  |  Registered in England number 1418717