IT HAPPENED TO ME: They Made Me Run With The Boys On Sports Day Because They Said I Was Naturally Fast
I was the only black girl in my class.
She was awarded a bronze medal in the 800m back in Sydney in 2000, but 2004 was to be the year Kelly Holmes became a household name. She bettered her previous achievements by winning gold in both the 1500 and 800m in Athens.
Growing up Sally Gunnell was a big deal. Like Linford Christie and Torvell and Dean she was one of the superstar Olympians of my childhood. At school any girls good at sport were always likened to Sally Gunnell regardless of but it’s only recently I learnt what a true legend Sally is.
Usually I’m the very last person who appreciates a sob story, but this isn’t the X Factor, this is the Olympic Games, and there’s more at stake then getting the chance to do a cheesy cover version and having a public spat with Louis Walsh.