About Speaker Amy Williams…
Amy Williams’ gold-medal-winning skeleton race at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 projected her into the public view overnight. She’s still an athlete, but during the past two years she has also done a lot of other work involving television, public appearances and motivational speaking. Besides a range of sporting interests, such as horse riding, she’s also a keen artist and loves all outdoor activities and adventures.
As a student in Bath, and a track athlete in the local club, Amy took her opportunity in the summer of 2002 to try-out the newly-installed bobsleigh and skeleton push-start training facility at Bath University. Wanting a chance to represent her country in an Olympic sport, she readily accepted the invitation to join the British Skeleton development programme and began to learn the art of sliding. In the 2005, Amy was 2nd in the World Student Games and the World Junior Championships, and won the Silver Medal in the World Championships of 2009, along with several other World Cup Medals.
During the four years leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Amy was completely focused on earning the right to represent Great Britain at those Winter Games, and she achieved her ambition by winning the Women’s Skeleton event. Little did she realise that this was not only the only medal for Great Britain in the Vancouver Games, but also Great Britain’s first Gold Medal in an individual event for 30 years, and the first by a woman for 58 years.
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Amy was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2010, and was further honoured to become the first-ever female Freeman of the City of Bath, her home-town and my training base. She was short-listed for the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and she received the Daily Mail’s Ian Wooldridge Award.
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Her TV appearances have included The One Show, Jonathan Ross, Blue Peter, Top Gear, Question of Sport, The Gadget Show, A League of Their One, Alone in the Wild, 71 Degrees North and On the Road with Amy Williams. She was the Glamour magazine Sportswoman of the Year, and has presented awards to others at the 2010 Press Awards and at the BAFTAs.
Amy has given motivational speeches for Lloyds Bank and at several schools’ prize-giving days. She has opened several events and buildings such as Cardiff White-Water Rafting Centre and several school sports halls and her painted life-size lion (Medallion) was exhibited in Bath’s “Pride in the City” collection of public art.