Kelly Holmes to 'inspire new generation' on Isle of Man

Dame Kelly Holmes MBE

Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes has said she hopes she can "inspire the next generation of athletes in the Isle of Man".

More than 50 athletes and 30 coaches will receive support and mentoring from the Olympian through a new programme.

Holmes who won gold in both the 800m and 1500m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens will start her Sporting Excellence Programme in October.

"Hopefully we can inspire the next generation of champions," she said.

The programme will start with a two-day educational camp at the National Sports Centre in Douglas on 6-7 October.

Holmes added: "The 2014 Commonwealth Games present another big milestone for British sport, we have an exciting two years ahead and it's a wonderful opportunity for these selected athletes."

Isle of Man sports development officer Paul Bridson said: "It is important that we give our best young athletes and Commonwealth team members the support that they need to flourish in their chosen sport, and this programme is a fantastic addition to what we already have in place."

The programme will incorporate practical workshops alongside coaching on nutrition, technique and psychology.

A number of athletes who team GB athletes at the London Olympics completed the programme including Taekwondo gold medalist Jade Jones and 1500m runner Laura Weightman.