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Ian joined Informa (formerly UBM) in 2018 as the Editor of Safety & Health Practitioner. Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming. Prior to moving to Informa, Ian worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector. He was Online Editor and then moved on to be the Editor of two publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.
March 5, 2020

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Who is Amy Williams, MBE, inspirational speaker at Safety & Health Expo 2020?

The 2020 Safety & Health Expo Inspirational Speaker line-up has been announced. The show is held at London’s ExCel from 8-10 September. This year, the theme is health & safety is a team sport.

Amy Williams

Amy Williams, MBE, made history when she won skeleton bobsleigh gold in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, Britain’s first gold medal by a solo athlete for 30 years. With winter sports often overlooked in the UK, her achievement continued the run of medals in the event from the previous two Olympics and set the stage for future gold medals by British athletes in the next two Winter Olympic Games.

Starting her sporting career as a runner, Amy’s desire to achieve on the world stage led her to the often-overlooked winter sports. She focused on the skeleton bobsleigh; a ferociously fast event frequently likened to sliding on ice at 100mphon a metal tea tray. However, with few winter sports facilities and no ice track in the country, Amy was forced to train on a dry-push facility with a bespoke sled.

Required to help build and maintain her own equipment, testing the sled and spending hours in a wind tunnel in order to perfect her form enabled Amy, through trial-and-error, to learn all aspects of a sport in a way few competitors manage to do. Having learned technicalities, like the effect of air temperatures and the intricate mechanics of steering, Amy also took on the psychological and physical challenges and pressures of competing against better funded, more experienced sportspeople.

At the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, she set two track records, finishing more than half a second ahead of her closest competitor to secure the gold medal.

In her speech, Amy will explain how success is down to meticulous team effort and will offer advice for those who need to prepare mentally and physically for high-pressure situations. There are surprising benefits to adversity and uncertainty in sport, which Amy relates to any organisation. She asks what companies can do to develop the skills competitors are lacking and considers the value of looking at problems with new perspectives and highlights the importance of focusing on the things you can change and control, rather than the things you can’t.

Amy will be taking to the Keynote Stage at Safety & Health Expo. He will be joined at the show by fellow Inspirational Speakers, Alastair Campbell and Major Tim Peake.

To book your free place, click the link below.

Get your free ticket to Amy Williams MBE's talk at Safety & Health Expo 2020

ExCeL London, 11:30, Wednesday 9 September

Be inspired by Great Britain's first solo Winter Olympics champion for 30 years. Hear about the value of teamwork and physical and mental preparation to Amy Williams MBE's triumph in the skeleton bobsleigh event at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Get your free ticket today and secure your place at the Keynote Arena.

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