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Reporters strike gold with Dame Kelly

School Reporter on the phone
The School Reporters were interested in how Dame Kelly helped London's Olympic bid

Pupils from Rainham School for Girls conducted a telephone interview with Dame Kelly Holmes from their school in Gillingham for School Report News Day.

They quizzed the double Olympic gold medal winner on what it was like to be an athlete and what she is doing now, after retiring from professional athletics.

Their questions included whether she still ran, to which the Olympic champion replied no.

She told them she was pleased not to do after so many years of hard training.

The pupils discovered that she keeps fit these days mostly by playing other types of sport like squash.

Impressed and inspired

Dame Kelly Holmes
The pupils were inspired by what Dame Kelly said to them

However, many of the School Reporters were disappointed to learn that her medals were not made of solid gold as they thought.

The medals are only partly gold, which is mixed in with other substances.

They asked her about her role in the successful London 2012 Olympic bid and what she did for Sport Relief.

The school has five "houses" which are named after inspirational women. Dame Kelly was impressed and honoured that "Holmes House" is one of them.


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