Olympic champion ‘cut herself daily’

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Media captionDame Kelly revealed how multiple injuries caused intense self-doubt

Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes has spoken of how she self-harmed as she struggled to overcome injuries she believed would objective her career.

Dame Kelly, who lives in Kent, won gold in the 800 m and 1,500 m competitors in Athens in 2004.

She said merely a year earlier she was “cutting” herself regularly “to release the anguish” she experienced.

Dame Kelly said: “At my lowest, I was cutting myself with scissors every day that I was injured.”

She opened up about her experience with depression at the new Health and Wellbeing Live show near Tonbridge on Saturday.

At the event, Dame Kelly shared an image taken immediately after an injury during the world championships in 1997.

It was one of seven traumata that led her to self-harm.

Dame Kelly, who joined the army at 17 before becoming an athlete, has now been spoken of how she concealed her depression for anxiety of negativity but said it needed to be “shouted about more”.

Dame Kelly Holmes: A life less ordinary

Born in Kent in 1970, Dame Kelly went to school in Tonbridge and started training for athletics at the age of 12 She begins competing at an international level in 1992 while in the army and becomes a full-time athlete in 1997 2003″ she sinks to her lowest point because of trauma 2004 she claims double Olympic gold, is crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2005 she becomes a madam, is named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year and announces her retirement from athletics 2016 she runs the London Marathon for the first time, aged 46 years Image caption Middle distance runner Dame Kelly celebrated two golds at the Athens Olympics in 2004