Dame Kelly Holmes
Honorary Doctorate - 2007
Kelly Holmes was born in Kent but has a special connection with Sheffield, training in the city before her gold medal winning exploits at the 2004 Athens Olympics and choosing to run her final race before retirement at Don Valley Stadium.
Kelly made history at the 2004 Olympics, bringing home gold in both the 800 and 1500 metres - the first British woman ever to win two gold medals in a single games. Her achievements made her a national hero, as proved when she was overwhelmingly voted the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year in 2004.
She was made a Dame by the Queen in the New Year's Honours of 2005.
A passionate Olympic ambassador, Kelly was a key supporter of London's successful 2012 Olympic bid. She has used her unique position to lead a government campaign to encourage young people to adopt a healthier lifestyle and has set up national programmes to support and encourage young athletes who have the potential to be gold medal winners themselves in 2012.