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Amy Williams MBE

Amy was born in Cambridge and brought up in Bath, being educated at Hayesfield School Technology College, Beechen Cliff School and the University of Bath. Williams was a member of her nation’s team four years later at the 2010 Games, and won a gold medal, becoming the first British individual gold medallist at a Winter Olympics for 30 years. Williams was originally a 400m runner but she was unable to qualify for the national athletics team. She began competing in skeleton in 2002 after trying out at a push-start track at the University of Bath. At her first major event, the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid, she won a silver medal. At the 2010 Games, Williams won the gold medal in the women’s skeleton breaking the track record twice along the way and winning by more than a half Continue Reading »

Beth Tweddle MBE

Beth Tweddle MBE

Beth has raised the performance levels and standards of British gymnasts: she is a three-time world champion, having won the 2010 World Championships and 2006 World Championships on the uneven bars and the 2009 World Championships on the floor. Tweddle was the first gymnast from Britain ever to win a medal at the World and European Championships, and is considered to be the most successful British gymnast of all time. She is also a seven-time British National Champion, having won the title every year between 2001 and 2007. Additionally, she is a three time Olympian, competing in the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, and 2012 London Olympic Games, where she took home a bronze. About At an early age Beth’s family moved to England and she now lives in Bunbury and trains in the Park Road gym in Liverpool, where she Continue Reading »

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean is a cultural icon and one of the greatest female tennis players of all-time. She won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She has been a very influential figure in securing equality for both genders in and out of sports and she continues to make her mark today. Billie Jean King is the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, the Women’s Sports Foundation, and owner of World Team Tennis, which was founded by her former husband, Larry King, Dennis Murphy, Frank Barman, and Jordan Kaiser. She also co-founded World TeamTennis (1974), the groundbreaking coed professional tennis league and founded the World TeamTennis Recreational League, one of the most popular recreational tennis formats in the U.S. Billie Jean was named one of the “100 Most Important Americans Continue Reading »

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Chemmy Alcott

Chemmy is an Olympic alpine ski racer, and competes on the World Cup circuit in all five disciplines: downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, and combined. She has competed in three Winter Olympic Games and six FIS World Championships and been overall Senior British National Champion five times (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008). In 1993 Alcott won the Etoile D’Or French Village Ski Championship, becoming a member of the British Junior Alpine team in 1994 and won the 1995 Sunday Times Junior Sportswoman of the Year award. She was a talented athlete as a youngster, not only representing Richmond in dry slope skiing, but also in Tennis at the London Youth Games. Her achievements as a junior and senior were recognised when she was inducted in to the London Youth Games Hall of Fame in 2011. Alcott made her FIS race Continue Reading »

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Chrissie Wellington MBE

Chrissie is an English triathlete and the current Ironman Triathlon World Champion. She holds all three world and championship records relating to ironman-distance triathlon races. She is the first British athlete to hold the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, and remains undefeated over the Ironman distance. Wellington won the World Championship in three consecutive years (2007–2009), but was unable to start the 2010 World Championship race because of illness, then regained the title in 2011. Before her distinguished career in athletics, Chrissie worked for the British government as an adviser on international development for Rural Reconstruction Nepal, and on development projects in Nepal. International development remains one of her passions. Chrissie Wellington is the only triathlete, male or female, to have won the World Championship less than a year after turning professional. Wellington is one of only three women to have achieved Continue Reading »

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Christine Ohuruogu MBE

Christine is one of Britain’s greatest middle-distance runners, specialising in the 400 metres; the event for which she is the former Olympic, World and Commonwealth Champion. Her victory in the Beijing Games was the 50th gold medal for Great Britain in Athletics at Olympic Games. She also won the 400 metres at the 2007 World Championships and a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. Her personal best time of 49.61 seconds ranks her third amongst British women 400 m runners, behind Kathy Cook and Katharine Merry. Born to Igbo Nigerian parents in Newham, east London, she was raised less than one mile from the 2012 Summer Olympics stadium in Stratford. Ohuruogu studied at University College London, where she graduated in Linguistics in 2005. She is also a member of Newham and Essex Beagles Athletics Club. In 2003 Ohuruogu Continue Reading »

Clare Balding OBE

Clare Balding OBE

Clare is a BBC sports presenter, journalist and jockey, best known for presenting the BBC’s horse racing and rugby coverage. Her presenting style is characterized by her passion for sport. She has reported from five Olympic Games, for BBC Radio in Atlanta and for BBC Television in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London. She has presented two Paralympic Games, the Winter Olympics from Turin and Vancouver as well as the Commonwealth Games from Melbourne and Delhi. She is the face of the BBC’s rugby league coverage, having presented Grandstand from a Rugby League Challenge Cup semi-final, and having been so impressed by the vibrancy and physical challenge of the sport she asked to cover further rugby league events. She was educated at Downe House in Berkshire, where she was Head Girl and a contemporary of comedienne Miranda Hart. While at university she was President of the Cambridge Union Society in Easter 1992 and graduated in 1993 with a 2:1 honours degree. Clare Balding Continue Reading »

Dame Kelly Holmes DBE MBE

Dame Kelly Holmes DBE MBE

Dame Kelly is a much admired former athlete. She specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events, and in a truly memorable sporting year she took gold for both distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Kelly has set British records in numerous events and still holds the records over the 600, 800, 1000, and 1500 metres distances. Holmes began competing in middle distance events in her youth. She joined the British Army but continued to compete at the organisation’s athletics events. She turned to the professional athletics circuit in the early 1990s and in 1994 she won the 1500 m at the Commonwealth Games and took silver at the European Championships. Athletics Success Holmes won the 1500 m at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 800 m bronze at the Munich European Championships that year. The 2003 track Continue Reading »

Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan

Gabby played netball for the school and at university, competed at high jump, but the peak of her sporting career was when she gained eighth place in rhythmic gymnastics representing Wales at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. After university she presented on Metro Radio in Newcastle, from where she was offered a job as a presenter on Sky Sports in 1996, working there until 1998, when she began working at ITV. And it was at ITV when Logan’s career really came to notice when she fronted the football program On the Ball. Gabby went onto present ITV’s UEFA Champions League football coverage, including the 2005 and 2006 finals, and she has also presented other programmes including ITV’s 2005 Super Bowl coverage. She writes regularly for The Times newspaper, and has also done a photo shoot for men’s magazine GQ. Continue Reading »

Jana Novotna

Jana Novotna

Jana is a former professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. She won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon in 1998 and was runner-up in three previous Grand Slam tournaments. Novotna turned professional in 1986. In the early years of her career, she was known primarily for her success as a doubles player. In the early-1990s, Novotna began to have success in singles once four-time Grand Slam singles champion Hana Mandlíková became her coach. And in 1998 she won both the Wimbledon singles and doubles titles, becoming the oldest first-time Grand Slam singles winner in the Open Era at the age of 29. Jana won more than 500 career singles matches only the 15th woman in the Open Era to accomplish the feat. She also won 12 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She Continue Reading »

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