Olympic gold medalist, Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes DBE, MBE (mil) helps forge equality for women

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Retired British middle distance runner and ex service woman, Double Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes, believes whether women are in business, sport, music, a profession, mothers - they have the ability to translate their energy, passion and purpose. Dame Kelly Holmes' 1809 Hub wellness centre, that provides community engagement and support, held an impressive and inspiring International Women's Day series of event to celebrate the sporting prowess of women. 

Engaging women of all ages in workshops and speaking events

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The day provided a programme of activities and workshops aimed at girls and women aged five years and upwards. The events covered fitness, lifestyle, business development, raising self esteem, wellbeing and self defence. The events featured a range of speakers and presenters with significant expertise and all sessions provided translatable benefits for everyday life in the workplace and society in general.

An inclusive and open programme for all

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The day didn't focus solely on one area of interest. For Dame Kelly Holmes who led the event, young girls need positive affirmation, support and inspiration. "Women of all ages need to be celebrated as well as given  tools and motivation to lead fulfilling lives," she commented.

Dame Kelly developed the IWD programme with the aim of being open to anyone and very inclusive in its style. Men were also invited to participatein the women’s business networking breakfast and were warmly welcomed.

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A thought provoking, engaging and innovative event

Delegate said that the programme was very thought-provoking and engaging.

"My aim as a former Olympian and ex-military women is to inspire people to be the best version of themselves without being prescriptive," said Dame Kelly.

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