Alongside Kelly Holmes, Paula Radcliffe and Christine Ohuruogu, Denise is one of the "golden girls" of British athletics, winning gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and subsequently being inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
Denise has twice been runner-up in the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year awards (in 1998 and 2000) and was also honoured with an OBE in the 2000 New Year Honours. Since retiring from athletics, she has undertaken various television and media work and is now a regular athletics pundit for BBC Television - her work in this respect has included presenting during the 2012 London Olympics.
In 2004, Denise took part in the highly popular BBC1 dancing competition, Strictly Come Dancing, being partnered with professional dancer Ian Waite. In the first few weeks she scored the highest number of points with the judges and eventually reached the final as runner-up to actress Jill Halfpenny. In November 2009, Denise appeared on an episode of All Star Family Fortunes and in July 2011, she appeared on a celebrity edition of the BBC1 gameshow Pointless with her father-in-law, Tom O'Connor.
In 2012, Denise became an athletics pundit for BBC Television, including reporting on the 2012 London Olympics. She worked across the Olympic trials in the run-up to the Games and was broadcasting daily from the Olympic Park throughout. In the Spring of 2012, she also 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's professionalism and genuine warmth has established her as a popular anchor and presenter. In July 2012, she joined Dame Mary Peters for her BBC NI documentary The Run of Her Life and that Autumn saw her anchor the Woman of the Year awards strand for ITV1's Lorraine show. In 2014, Denise presented one of the vignettes in Seven Wonders of the Commonwealth for BBC1, in which she travelled to Zambia to report on the spectacular sight of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. In the same year, she helped present the wheelchair basketball event at the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. Other guest slots have included Sky Sportswomen and the ever popular Celebrity Squares.
In February 2015, Denise guest hosted an episode of The One Show with Matt Baker, and in April 2015, she took part in ITV's Give a Pet a Home, a series which works alongside the RSPCA in Birmingham. Denise now looks ahead to Rio Olympics in 2016.
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- Former Captain of the New Zealand All Blacks and regarded as one of the finest players ever to come from that country.
- Hugely popular, race wining competitor, in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), managing a 2-car team and driving competitively, since joining the championship in 2011.
- Former England Rugby player who was an important member of England’s 2003 World Cup winning squad, playing every minute of all but one game in the tournament as England beat Australia in the final.
Ben Kay MBE