As a student in Bath, and a track athlete in the local club, Amy took the opportunity in the summer of 2002 to try-out the newly-installed bobsleigh and skeleton push-start training facility at the 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.
Amy came 2nd in the World Student Games and the World Junior Championships in 2005, 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, 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.
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 training base. She was short-listed for the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and received the Daily Mail’s Ian Wooldridge Award.
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 Press Awards and at the BAFTAs.