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Denise Lewis OBE

Heptathlete (Olympic Gold Medalist)

 

Denise was born 27 August 1972 in West Bromwich and grew up in PendefordWolverhampton.

She was educated at The Regis School in Tettenhall, later to become The King's School

(Church of England). A £1 million sports hall was later built there and named in her honour.

Denise specialised in the heptathlon and was twice Commonwealth Games champion. She won

World Championships silver medals in 1997 and 1999 and became European Champion in 1998.

She won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics Games becoming the first

European to win the Olympic heptathlon title (previous Europeans, including Briton Mary Peters,

had won the Olympic pentathlon precursor event.)

Her personal best score for the heptathlon is 6831 points, was set at the Décastar meeting in 2000.

The same year, she was presented with the Freedom of the City of Wolverhampton.

Denise was honoured as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2001 New Year Honours.

In 2010, Denise Lewis was inducted into the Wolverhampton Sporting Hall of Fame and in 2011, she

was then inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2013, she was honoured at the annual

Wolverhampton Famous Sons & Daughters Awards ceremony and a year later (2014), she was

presented with an honorary degree from the University of Wolverhampton.

She was voted "Sportswoman of the Year" by the Sports Journalists' Association (SJA) in 1997, 1998 and 2000. She was selected as "Female Athlete of the Year" by the British Athletics Writers' Association (BAWA), in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2000. Denise won the Sunday Times "Sportswoman of the Year" a record three times, in 1994, 1998 and 2000.

At the inaugural British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) in 2015, she became the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2010, Denise Lewis was made a Patron of the Jaguar Academy of Sport.

Since 2009, she has been a commentator for BBC Sport's athletics coverage including the 2009 World Athletics Championships2010 Commonwealth Games2012 Summer Olympics2014 Commonwealth Games and 2016 Summer Olympics.

She has also taken part in various BBC topical programmes and been a participant in Strictly Come Dancing.

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