Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes delivered a superb motivational seminar to University staff.


Double Olympic Champion Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes delivered a superb motivational seminar to University staff last week. One of the UK’s most popular athletes, respected throughout the world as a role model and an inspiration, Kelly told the packed audience of her highs and lows in her running career and what inspired her to continue in her goal of achieving Olympic gold. Soon after her Olympic win, Kelly set up the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. The charity helps guide disadvantaged young people, getting their lives back on track. Kelly is also active in Malawi running the Orbis Challenge which is the ultimate Malawi challenge: running Mulanje mountain, cycling across Zomba Plateau. and kayaking on Lake Malawi.  The University of Glasgow and its Institutes have many research links and ongoing projects with Malawian Institutions. The largest of these being the Blantyre-Blantyre project and the MALDENT projects, both seek to improve health provision, dental teaching and ultimately health policy across Malawi.

Working together, Institutes across the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences staged this successful event and hosting Kelly were Prof Iain McInnes, Director, Institute Infection, Immunity & Inflammation, Prof Andy Waters, Director, Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology, Prof Jeremy Bagg, Head of Glasgow Dental School, and Prof Naveed Sattar, Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences.

Prof Iain McInnes said “This was a truly remarkable event an inspired exemplar of what is possible when beliefs meet a strong sense of purpose “

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First published: 24 June 2019