Amy handed Sochi role by Team GB
WINTER SPORT Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams is to be an official Team GB ambassador at next year's Games in Russia.
With less than a year to go until the Sochi event, the Bath skeleton champion – who took gold at Vancouver in 2010 – has been confirmed as the British Olympic Association's first ambassador for the Games.
The 30-year-old's win three years ago was Team GB's first individual Olympic winter gold medal in three decades.
The former Hayesfield pupil was also the first British women in 58 years to become an Olympic Winter Games champion when she slid to gold in a new track record at the Whistler Sliding Centre in Canada.
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As a 2014 ambassador, Williams will assist the BOA in raising the profile of Team GB through her involvement in media and fundraising events.
The unpaid role will also see her talking to the family and friends of competing athletes.
Her first assignment sees Williams travel to Brasov in Romania this weekend, where she is supporting Team GB at the 2013 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival.
"I am really looking forward to the year ahead," said Williams.
"The London 2012 Olympics aimed to inspire a generation and the athletes competing in Brasov and Sochi are part of that generation.
"Never in a million years did I anticipate the intense spotlight that winning gold in 2010 would cast on me.
"I wasn't prepared for what was to follow after becoming an Olympic champion so I hope, through my role as an ambassador, that I can not only help Team GB members in Sochi achieve their Olympic ambitions but also enjoy the most special moment of their life of becoming an Olympian or an Olympic medallist."
Andy Hunt, BOA chief executive, said: "We thank Amy for committing her time voluntarily.
"We know that Team GB athletes will be proud to have her as their ambassador."