Amy returned from Vancouver a national heroine, after claiming Team GB’s only Gold medal of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in skeleton bobsleigh at her debut Winter Olympic Games. In winning Gold, she became Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics champion in 30 years and the first female individual gold medallist for 58 years. Blessed with an exceptionally fast start, a legacy from her days as a 400m runner, and fearless determination, Amy and Arthur (her sled) set two track records in Vancouver to finish more than 0.5 seconds ahead of her closest competitor.
Amy took the decision to hang Arthur up for one last time and announced her retirement from the sport in Spring 2012 after admitting ‘the body can’t take any more’ after being plagued by injuries since her Gold medal winning performance. Amy was immediately snapped up by the Daily Telegraph to present their coverage of the Olympic Torch Relay and co-presented her first live outside broadcast for BBC Bristol for the Olympic Torch Relay.
A talented young athlete, Amy excelled at most sports, enjoying particular success in the 200m and 400m where she reached county level. However, upon realising her talent at running fell short of her most coveted prize, wearing the Team GB vest, she quickly set her sights on a new challenge and with Bath University being home to a push-start track, the skeleton became the obvious sport to focus on! Showing immediate promise, Amy was fast tracked to the World Push Championships in 2002 where she came away with a Silver medal! The rest, as they say, is history.
Away from the track “Curly Wurly” as she is known to friends, has a passion for horses and enjoys painting and creative art in her spare time. Her journey to success has touched people from all walks of life and since her return she’s been in huge demand from a diverse range of audiences.
Amy offers a unique and hugely inspiring story.
“The Opening Ceremony went very well and everyone loved Amy. She gave a very natural speech about her journey to the Olympics and brought her Gold Medal along for everyone to see. She was an instant hit with students and our visitors alike and gave of her time for endless photo calls with good grace”– St Brendan’s Sixth Form College
“Amy was a fantastic addition to our event. She held the stage well and captivated the audience with her inspirational and emotive speech. Her presentation was well delivered and very engaging. Amy was friendly, approachable and gave her time to network with our attendees after the event. We were extremely satisfied with her involvement and look forward to working with her in the future”– Lloyds Banking Group
"The celebration evening last night was hugely successful and Amy was an outstanding guest of honour. Her talk was spot on. Thanks for setting this up for us. One of my remits here is to raise the aspirations of all our students and having such a high profile and down to earth role model to take the time to come and do that for us was brilliant. Amy enjoyed the evening as she was able to do a Q&A with some students, reveal our 50th anniversary stone plaque (with her name on), meet a few staff and enjoy the entertainment. Her talk was brilliant and she also presented awards. We could not have asked for a better guest of honour and I am so grateful she came."– Denis, Aldworth School
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