Kelly Holmes was born on April 19, 1970, in Pemby, near Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent,

The daughter of Jamaican-born car mechanic Derrick Holmes

The daughter of Jamaican-born car mechanic Derrick Holmes

Kelly Holmes seven years later she married painter and decorator Michael Norris, whom Holmes considers her father.

Holmes grew up in Hildenborough, Kent, where she attended Hildenborough CEP School from the age of.

12 and then Hugh Christie Comprehensive School in Tonbridge.

Kelly Holmes began training in athletics at the age of 12, joined Tonbridge Athletics Club,

where she was coached by David Arnold, and won her second season at the 1,500m English School in 1983.

His hero was the British middle-distance runner Steve Ovett.

His hero was the British middle-distance runner Steve Ovett.

However, Holmes later dropped out of athletics, joining the British Army at age 18,

Dropping out of school two years earlier, first as a sweet shop assistant and later as a disabled patient.

worked in Worked as Nursing Assistant. In the Army,

The woman became an HGV driver in the Royal Army Corps, 

later becoming a basic physical training instructor.

Holmes was selected to attend the first course to be run under the Army's new Physical Training Course in June 1990.

Kelly Holmes passed as a Class 2 PTI. Despite being quite young militarily, 

Holmes' athletic prowess was impressive and he was encouraged to attend a selection of courses for

the Royal Army Physical Training Corps at Aldershot.