Olympian to be Sports Awards Guest of Honour

Olympic gold medal winner Amy Williams MBE will be the guest of honour at the Isle of Man Sports Awards at the Villa Marina in Douglas on March 31.

The Cambridge athlete secured her place in Olympic history in 2010 when she won a gold medal in the skeleton event in Vancouver.

It made her Great Britain’s first individual gold medal winner at a Winter Games for 30 years – and the first British woman to do so since 1952.

Amy, who was awarded an MBE in 2010, said: ‘I am honoured to be invited and look forward to celebrating the island’s sporting successes with so many talented athletes.’

Sarah Corlett, Executive Chairman at Isle of Man Sport, said: ‘We are delighted that Amy has accepted our invitation. Her determination to succeed saw her reach the very top and I am sure will inspire all those who attend.’

Since retiring from sport in 2012, Amy has been an Ambassador for the British Olympic Association and turned her hand to television presenting on shows including Ski Sunday.

Julie Edge, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said: ‘Amy’s achievements cemented her place in Olympic history so we are thrilled she will be part of our ceremony.’

The Isle of Man Sports Awards is a highlight of the Manx sporting calendar, and celebrates the successes of the Island’s sportsmen and women with 12 awards being handed out.

The evening will culminate with the awarding of the coveted sportsman and sportswoman of the year awards.