- Name: Kelly Sotherton
- Birth Date: 13/11/1976
- Born: Isle of Wight, UK
- Trains: HIPAC, Birmingham, UK
- Lives: Birmingham, UK
One Of Britain’s leading female athletes, Kelly Sotherton is a Commonwealth Gold Medallist (Melbourne 2006) and Olympic Bronze Medallist in heptathlon. A relative newcomer when she left for Athens in 2004 she returned a new British star and Olympic Medallist. In 2008, after a year plagued with injury and illness, Kelly battled back to form to take part in the heptathlon at the Beijing Olympics where she narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing 4th, setting three personal bests.
Athletics sweetheart and the original heptathlon poster girl, Kelly Sotherton hung up her spikes for the final time in May 2012 after a back injury forced her out of the sport. Kelly still headed to the London Olympics but took on a different role, embracing the opportunity to appear as a guest analyst for Sky Sports News. Looking for a new direction Kelly also undertook an accredited Journalism course. Never one to shy away from sharing her opinion Kelly is now a sought after pundit for an array of sporting broadcasts, including radio Fivelive and was a regular co-host on talkSPORT with former BBC broadcaster Colin Murray.
Kelly overcame her injury woes to take part in several challenging sporting events in 2013; initially lining up on the start line for the London Marathon in aid of AgeUK, the Marathons’ headline charity for this year. Completing the course in a respectable 4 hours 28minutes, she hopes to break the 4 hour mark in the near future! Next came the gruelling Deloitte Ride Across Britain, not intimidated by the 9 day trek from John O’Groates to Land End, leaving home comforts behind Kelly took to the road on her bike and pitched up in a tent over night along the way. Having wet her appetite for both endurance cycling and running events, Kelly rounded off her year by competing in the Prudential London Triathlon in Hyde Park. After taking some respite over the winter months Kelly is excited at the prospect of pushing her physical capabilities even further in 2014.
Kelly is now concentrating on a career in the media and the corporate market where she is available for appearances her charismatic and outspoken nature make Kelly engaging for any audience.