Denise Lewis Biography
A champion Olympic athlete for the UK, Denise Lewis is now a top sports commentator and motivational speaker.
Winner of an Olympic Gold at 2000 Games in Sydney, Denise Lewis OBE is one of the UK’s greatest heptathletes. With a Commonwealth and British record of 6831 points, she is currently ranked at number 15 in the Heptathlon all-time list. Runner up in the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards not once but twice, Lewis is now a BBC athletics pundit. Chosen to present on the London 2012 Games, Lewis’ natural charm and her ability to inspire others have also seen her become a sought after speaker for organisations in all industries.
Motivation and dedication were the foundation of Lewis’ athletic career and she continues to apply herself fully to her roles – she is a truly inspirational and energetic speaker.
The winner of a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in the year 2000, Lewis retired from competitive heptathlon in 2005 and has since become a sought after speaker and an exceptional athletics pundit for the BBC. She presented from the London 2012 Olympics, from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and from the Berlin World Athletics Championships in 2009. A household name due to her sporting achievements, Lewis has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes. She has been the runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing and is a host of kids TV show Camp Orange. In 2009, Lewis took part in All Star Family Fortunes, winning 10,000 for The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.
During her sporting career, Lewis made her name as one of the UKs top female heptathletes, winning gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the European Cup and the European Championships, as well as at the Sydney Olympics. Responsible for setting a British record which still stands (6831 points in the year 2009), it is little wonder that Lewis was awarded an OBE in the year 2000 and has twice been the runner-up at the BBCs Sports Personality of the Year awards.
The writer of two successful books, Lewis is a columnist for The Telegraph newspaper, writing about family, food, culture and, of course, sport. An example of how the right attitude, utter determination and real passion can lead to success and how that success can then be used to encourage and aid others, Denise Lewis is an inspiration to people at home in the UK and throughout the world. As a speaker, she can apply the lessons learned in sport to many scenarios, motivating others to achieve their goals.
- Gold – Heptathlon, Sydney Olympic Games (2000)
- Bronze – Heptathlon, Atlanta Olympic Games (1996)
- Silver – Heptathlon – Athens World Championships (1997)
- Silver – Heptathlon, Seville World Championships (1999)
- Gold – Heptathlon, Budapest, European Championships (1998)
- Gold – Heptathlon, Helmond European Cup (1995)
- Silver – Heptathlon, Brixen European Cup (2003)
- Gold – Heptathlon, Victoria Commonwealth Games (1994)
- Gold – Heptathlon, Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games (1998)
- Gold – Javelin, Vancouver Commonwealth Youth Games (1994)
Positions and Honours
- Inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame (2011)
- Patron – Jaguar Academy of Sport (2010)
- Nominated Great midlander of all-time award, BBC Midlands (2003)
- Olympic victory ranked 90th in 100 Greatest Sporting Moments – Channel 4 (2002)
- Freedom of the City of Wolverhampton (2000)
- OBE – New Year Honours (2000)
- Runner up – BBC Sports Personality of the Year (2000)
- Sportswoman of the Year – Sports Journalists’ Association (2000)
- Female Athlete of the Year – British Athletics Writers’ Association (2000)
- Sportswoman of the Year – Sunday Times (2000)
- MBE – New Year Honours (1999)
- Runner up – BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1998)
- Sportswoman of the Year – Sports Journalists’ Association (1998)
- Female Athlete of the Year – British Athletics Writers’ Association (1998)
- Sportswoman of the Year – Sunday Times (1998)
- Sportswoman of the Year – Sports Journalists’ Association (1997)
- Female Athlete of the Year – British Athletics Writers’ Association (1997)
- Runner up, Sportswoman of the Year – Sports Journalists’ Association (1996)
- Female Athlete of the Year – British Athletics Writers’ Association (1996)
- Sportswoman of the Year – Sunday Times (1994)
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Testimonials for Denise Lewis
“We have been organising and running major events for some years and engaged some high profile speakers, but Denise wowed our delegates like no other. Her sporting achievements and charity work are well known, but her ability to win over a demanding audience with charm and charisma and motivate them to be the best they can be is unsurpassed.”
“Denise Lewis helped us to launch our sponsorship of London 2012 by making a motivational speech to our staff. She was an inspiration to all of us and her warmth, passion and infectious enthusiasm about the Olympics was the ideal way to start engaging our staff in this hugely exciting project. We are looking forward to a long relationship with her and are thrilled that she will be a part of our own Olympic journey.”
“Denise’s interaction with our hosts and delegates was nothing less than exemplary and we were inspired by her energy and genuine love for meeting people and sharing her amazing stories. She is a true inspiration and the feedback we have received from our hosts has been fantastic. We look forward to working with her again soon.”