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Denise Lewis

Denise Lewis

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Denise Lewis is a retired English heptathlete.


Denise Lewis is a retired English track and field athlete, who specialised in the heptathlon. She won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.


Denise Lewis OBE is a retired British heptathlete who won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Alongside Kelly Holmes, Paula Radcliffe and Christine Ohuruogu, Denise  is one of the “golden girls” of British athletics having established the British record of 6831 in 2000 and has twice, in 1998 and 2000, been runner up in the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards. She was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. 

2012 saw Denise cement her position as an authority on the discipline. Not only did she carry the Olympic Flame on its Torch Relay across the UK, having been nominated by the British Olympic Association, but Denise joined the BBC’s London 2012 broadcasting team. Denise worked across the Olympic trials in the run up to the Games and was broadcasting daily from the Olympic Park throughout.

Since retiring from athletics, Denise has undertaken various television and media work, partnering Ian Waite for BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing in which she came runner-up to actress Jill Halfpenny. Performances at the Royal Variety Show and Strictly Come Dancing Champion of Champions Special followed, where Denise received the most points from the judges and she again revisited the role for Let’s Dance for Comic Relief in 2009, reaching the final of the competition. Denise has been a guest on Radio 4’s prestigious Desert Island Discs and competed for charity on The Cube, All Star Family Fortunes and BBC One’s Pointless.

In spring 2012, Denise undertook the gruelling challenge of rowing the Channel with John Bishop, Davina McCall and Andrew Flintoff for Bishop’s Week of Hell, an impressive feat that raised £3.4 million for Sport Relief.  She again joined Davina for another formidable cycling challenge for Sport Relief in 2014. 

Denise is President of SPARKS children’s charity. Charitable work is close to Denise’s heart and she works closely with the Jaguar Academy of Sport, Breast Cancer Care, Unicef as both Patron and Ambassador.

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