A bit about Amy Williams…
Olympic Gold medal athlete Amy Williams, aged 37, was born in the historic city of Cambridge before moving to live in Bath from the age of 7 years old. She still lives very close by in a town called Bathampton, enjoying the beautiful countryside surroundings it has to offer.
After claiming Team GB’s only Gold medal at the Vancouver Games in 2010, Amy became Britain’s first solo Winter Olympic champion in 30 years; 58 years for an Individual female to win Gold.
She has since taken on numerous sporting and broadcasting challenges such as presenting for the Gadget Show, BBC Sport, Ski Sunday, Goodwood and Classic TT. Appearing on tv shows such as Alone in the Wild, 71 Degrees North, Tour de Celeb, The One Show, Jonathon Ross, Top Gear, A League of Their Own and Question of Sport Numerous times.
Amy qualified for her international co-driving license, competing in the International Wales GB Rally in 2013 and 2016 with Tony Jardine, and having presented on the Classic TT for ITV4 in 2018 & 2019, has since got her motorbike licence too.
Amy is a highly engaging and entertaining speaker with lots of experience in sharing stories and lessons from her career as a skeleton athlete, as a tv presenter, motivational talker and host.
Her knowledge of training and competing on a World Class level for 10 years allows her to do a tailor-made talks to whatever your company wants. She will talk about her own experiences, as well as giving an exclusive insight into the high-performance level world of sport.
Amy knows what is like to have to self-motivation, set goals, come across setbacks such as injuries and cope with disappointments; using some of these topics she can motivate and inspire any business, sharing many of her secrets to her Vancouver success.
Now a mum to two boys, Oscar 3, and Alfie who’s 1, she is kept on her toes looking after them whilst running her own personal training business from her own private gym on the edge of Bath.
When did you get into sport and what sport did you do in your early years?
“I have always been into sport and we didn’t have a TV growing up, so I spent a lot of time with my brother and sister and we were always outside being active and playing. I did every sport growing up but I started doing athletics seriously at about the age of 13. I started training twice a week and that increased to about four times a week when I was about 15/16 years old.”
“At about the age of 17 I realised because of different injuries in my shins, I wasn’t quite good enough to be the 400M runner that I wanted to be. I was county level, but I could not quite get into that Great Britain age group.”
“This is when I found the Sport of skeleton as I was training up at the University of Bath. They had just recently got a brand-new push track built in 2002. I had my first go on an ice track in Lilly Hammer, Norway in October 2002 and stayed with the sport all the way until I retired in 2012, having won the Olympic gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.”
Freeman of the City of Bath, MBE, Olympic Gold.
What is next for you?
“I have just launched my own personal training business, which I run from my own private gym at home. I have built my own website and I’m now taking on clients, either one-to-one in my gym or remotely online and writing training programs. I also teach several online zoom classes with The Hive, a local yoga studio in Bath.”
“I still do corporate and motivational business talks which I really enjoy. Most have been sadly cancelled this year, but some have taken them online which has been a little different! I started writing a book at the beginning of lockdown, however it’s slightly gone on the back burner as I was spending all my time trying to launch the PT business whilst still looking after my two young boys.”
List of Fun Facts
Favourite song… I love country music! The Shires, Carrie Underwood or Nashville series
Favourite meal… Steak, chips, vine tomatoes, chocolate pudding and red wine!
On my day off I like to… I don’t have any days off being a full-time mum and self-employed. However, I would meet with friends for a relaxing lunch, do some fitness and then head out for a meal and the cinema! In my dreams lol
I am inspired by… People who have a dream and a passion and go for it.
In my bag…. I have not actually used a handbag for 3 years since having the boys, so he’s a picture of the nappy bag and odd contents!
If I wasn’t a skeleton racer my other sport would be… Modern Pentathlon. I tried for a little bit at the same time as trying skeleton. I would love to be in the horse world; a show jumper or something similar.
When I am not training, I enjoy… Being with my family, outside going for walks or exploring in the woods.
Happiest when…. I am outside playing with my children! 🙂
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