Denise Lewis is a Black British Athlete, a superb all-round talent. Denise progressed to the highest world-class at the heptathlon, her highest accolade was the Olympic gold medal she won in Sydney.
She achieved a best of 5277 points in her first year at the event in 1989. She was Britain’s woman athlete of the year in 1996, when she was Britain’s only female Olympic athletics medallist, 1997, when she took the World silver medal, and in 1998, she won gold at both the European and Commonwealth Games.
In 1999 she won the World silver medal with 6724 points, just 12 points short of her Commonwealth record. In Sydney, the recurrence of an Achilles tendon meant that her completing her event was doubtful, but she showed great courage and earned her hugely deserved gold medal. She was awarded the MBE in the 1999 New Year Honours.
After Athletics, Denise had three children with her husband Steve Finnan who was the manager of Pop Group All saints and son of the Liverpudlian comedian Tom O’Connor.
In 2004, Denise took part in the BBC dancing competition, Strictly Come Dancing. She was partnered alongside professional dancer, Ian Waite and in the first few weeks scored the highest number of points with the judges. After reaching the final she finished runner-up to actress Jill Halfpenny. Later dancing at the Royal Variety Performance.
About 10 days after competing in the final of Strictly Come Dancing, Denise and Ian competed again in the Strictly Come Dancing Champion of Champions Special, where the finalists from both series of the contest, competed against each other. Denise received the most points from the judges, however she once again became the runner up of the contest, as Jill Halfpenny won overall.
She again revisited the role for the BBC’s charitable fund-raiser Let’s Dance for Comic Relief in 2009, reaching the final of the competition.
Denise was a pundit for BBC Sport’s coverage of the �World Athletics Championships from Berlin and Barcelona alongside fellow Athletes Michael Johnson and Colin Jackson
Colin Jackson was one of Britain’s greatest ever athletes who retired after a remarkable seventeen years at the top.
Although as a boy, Colin Jackson had an all-round talent for sport, playing football and cricket for the county and rugby and basketball for his school. Athletics came most naturally to him, his favoured event being the 110m hurdles.
After a brilliant junior career, he won his first major medal in 1986, silver for Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. He followed that with a World Championship bronze in 1987 and another silver at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 before he was crowned Commonwealth and European champion in 1990.
Colin’s career wasn’t without disappointment though. At the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 – he was expected to win but only managed seventh place.
Having tasted defeat he returned in style, setting a world record time of 12.91 seconds for the 110m hurdles at the World Championships in Stuttgart in 1993. That record stands to this day – as does his time of 7.30 seconds for the indoor 60m hurdles in 1994. I addition to this Colin has won many titles, including four successive European titles from 1990 to 2002, but Olympic gold continued to elude him. Jackson has now retired following the World Indoor championships in Birmingham in March 2003.
Jackson received official recognition of his success in 1990 when he was awarded the M.B.E. He was upgraded to a C.B.E in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Colin Jackson partnered Erin Boag in Strictly Come Dancing series 3.
Colin Jackson’s dancing in the first show drew plaudits – not least from former Strictly Come Dancing winner, Jill Halfpenny, who said that she was ‘very impressed with Colin’s hips’! In the end Colin and Erin ended up second in Strictly Come Dancing.
In March 2006, Colin Jackson was appointed President of the BBU, the governing body of British Biathlon.
In February 2007, Colin Jackson caused a stir on the BBC programme, The Truth About Food. As an experiment he gave up meat for a month, but he did not recommend it, saying:
“I definitely think vegetarians are weaker … they should have some type of meat whether it’s fish or actual meat. Human beings are omnivores.”
Dame Kelly Holmes, DBE MBE (born 19 April 1970) is a retired British middle distance athlete. She specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events and won a gold medal for both distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She set British records in numerous events and still holds the records over the 600, 800, 1000, and 1500 metres distances. Born in Pembury, Kent, the daughter of Derrick Holmes, a Jamaican-born car mechanic, and an English mother, Pam Norman.
It was in the last four years of her career that Holmes had her greatest achievements. In 2002 Holmes won the 1500 m at the Commonwealth Games and the 800 m bronze at the Munich European Championships. The 2003 track season saw her take silver in the 1500 m at the World Indoor Championships and the 800 m silver medals at the World Championships and first World Athletics Final. She took part in her final major championship in 2004? she turned in a double gold medal-winning performance at the Athens Olympics, finishing as the 800 m and 1500 m Olympic Champion.
Holmes is the first British woman to win two Olympic gold medals, and the country’s first double gold medallist at the same games since Albert Hill in 1920. Her time of 3 minutes 57.90 seconds in the 1500 m final also set a new British record for the distance.
For her achievements she won numerous awards and was appointed a dame by HM The Queen in 2005. She retired from athletics in 2005 and has since made a number of television appearances.