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Denise Lewis OBE
Heptathlete (Olympic Gold Medalist)
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.
She won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics Games becoming the first
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.
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 Championships, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2012 Summer Olympics, 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2016 Summer Olympics.
She has also taken part in various BBC topical programmes and been a participant in Strictly Come Dancing.