University of Bath graduates Amy Williams and Sam Weale have been named winners of the British Olympic Association Athlete of the Year awards for their respective sports.
Williams, a Sports Performance graduate, collected the bobsleigh/skeleton award after winning skeleton gold for Great Britain at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
She said: “I’m delighted to receive the BOA Olympic Athlete of the Year award. This caps a really special year for me, the highlight of which was of course becoming Olympic Champion with Team GB at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me on the journey so far. I’m now back in training and aiming for more success at the European and World Championships in 2011.”
Weale, a Sports Technology graduate, won the modern pentathlon award at the end of a season in which he won individual silver at the European Championships in Debrecen, Hungary in July, becoming the first British man to win an individual Modern Pentathlon European Championships medal. He ends the year ranked 16th in the world.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old University of Bath Sports Performance student Kate French collected Pentathlon GB’s Newcomer of the Year award. French qualified for the final at the first World Cup of her career at Medway, Kent in April, finishing 28th. She just missed out on the individual medals at the World Junior Championships in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, in August, finishing fourth, but followed that up by joining forces with Katy Burke and Freyja Prentice to win team relay gold.
The trio all train at the University of Bath.
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