Amy short-listed for BBC Award

15 December 2010

University of Bath-based Olympic Winter Games gold medallist, Amy Williams, has been shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Viewers can vote for Amy by phone during the live BBC Show on Sunday evening, starting at 7pm. Amy faces stiff opposition from heptathlete world-beater Jessica Ennis, golfer Graeme McDowell and boxer David Haye amongst others.

“To be shortlisted for the Award is a phenomenal achievement in itself”, said the University’s Director of Sport, Stephen Baddeley. “I’m hoping that the people of Bath as well as staff and students of the University will get behind Amy and vote for her on Sunday”.

Bath’s golden bob-skeleton girl won Britain’s first individual gold medal for 30 years at the Winter Games in Vancouver earlier this year – a challenge for which she trained as part of British Skeleton’s programme.

Amy’s Vancouver medal was only the ninth gold medal won by Britain at the Olympic Winter Games. The last British woman to win an individual gold was Jeanette Altwegg who won figure skating gold in Oslo in 1952.

She was chosen to carry the flag at the Closing Ceremony in Vancouver, has been awarded an MBE for Serivces to Sport and became only the fifth person since the Second World War to be made an Honorary Freeman of the City of Bath.

Members of the media who require further information can contact the TeamBath Press Office at Matchtight Ltd on (01225) 383518 or 01225 443998 or see the TeamBath website at www.teambath.com

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