Olympic champion in the 2010 Winter Olympics, Britain’s first solo Winter Olympic champion for 30 years
Amy Williams Biography
Amy Williams is the girl whose gold-medal-winning skeleton race at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 projected her into the public view overnight.
In addition to being a world-class athlete, Amy has also worked in television and is a popular choice for celebrity public appearances and motivational speaking.
Early Skeleton Career
Amy was a student in Bath and a track athlete at her local club. She trained for the 400 metre run but failed to qualify for major teams. Undeterred, she took the opportunity in 2002 to try out the new bobsleigh and skeleton push-start training facility at Bath University. Keen to grasp the opportunity to represent her country at the Olympics, she accepted the invitation to join the British Skeleton development programme to learn the art of sliding. In 2005, she was second in the World Student Games and the World Junior Championships and, in 2009, won the Silver Medal in the World Championships along with several other World Cup Medals.
During the four years leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Amy focused on earning the right to represent Great Britain at the Winter Games and achieved her ambition by winning the Women’s Skeleton event. This was the only medal for Great Britain in the Vancouver Games, Great Britain’s first Gold Medal in an individual event for 30 years and the first by a woman for 58 years.
Amy was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2010 and became the first-ever female Freeman of the City of Bath. She was shortlisted for the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year and received the Daily Mail’s Ian Wooldridge Award.
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 also the Glamour magazine Sportswoman of the Year and has presented awards to others at the 2010 Press Awards and at the BAFTAs.
As a British Olympic Association Ambassador, Amy has travelled to Singapore to encourage young British competitors in the Youth Olympic Games.
Retiring from sport
After struggling with injury (including a ruptured knee) Amy announced her retirement from Skeleton following a number of injuries. Still passionate about the sport Amy wanted to continue working in her specialist field and in 2013 BBC 2 announced Amy as a co-presenter on the 35th series of Ski Sunday.
She also took up a new role as TeamGB Ambassador with Robin Cousins, she has also taken a commentator role with the BBC Sport commentating team specialising in the ice sports of skeleton and bobsleigh.
On 25 April 2014, it was announced that Williams would replace Rachel Riley as a presenter on Channel 5’s The Gadget Show.
Amy delivers inspirational motivational speeches at conferences and as an after dinner speaker for corporate events. A true Olympian who knows the pressure and expertise that is behind taking part in intense and unforgettable events. Her speeches, both motivational and entertaining, will inspire your guests or clients.
In every walk of live, Amy is passionate about motivating and encouraging both the young and old. She has delivered motivational speeches for Lloyds Bank and at several schools’ prize-giving days as well as having opened several events and buildings such as Cardiff White-Water Rafting Centre and school sports halls.
Amy’s corporate speeches deliver inspiration and ambition by telling her own story. Highlighting what it takes to be the best in your field is an emotive story of how she achieved Olympic Gold at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010. She has delivered speeches surrounding ambition, inspiration, teamwork, motivation, dedication, preparation and what it takes to succeed with a core focus on integrating her success in the sporting field into business success.
After Dinner Talks
Fun, passionate, intelligent and captivating, Amy has developed her own speaking style with finesse and passion. An after dinner speech by Amy can be tailored precisely to your requirements, to themes, topics and personalities well known to your audience. Her material is intelligent, warm and worldly, yet taut and topical.
Since her Olympic success in 2010 Amy has received awards, both internationally and at home in the UK. As a result she understands the important recognition that goes alongside receiving an award and can present awards for various different schemes, from television awards to school sports awards. Nothing gives her greater pleasure then presenting awards to achievers and winners.
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