British Cycling’s Vicky Williamson has today announced her plans to switch her sporting focus from cycling to bobsleigh, having completed a successful first training camp with the GB Bobsleigh Team.
Williamson, who won a world championship bronze medal in the team sprint in 2013 alongside Becky James, has been a member of the Great Britain Cycling Team since 2010 during which time she won two junior world championship medals and an elite world championship medal, World Cup medals and a World Cup leaders jersey.
Perhaps most notably, Williamson made her comeback at the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships following a horrific crash in January 2016 which saw her break her neck and back and dislocating her pelvis amongst other injuries.
Paying tribute to her cycling career, Performance Director Stephen Park OBE said: “Vicky’s cycling career has been nothing short of extraordinary. Her mental and physical strength, determination and resilience are admirable and set her out as a true professional sportswoman who has inspired other athletes who face their own challenging injuries.
“But it’s not just her remarkable recovery that stands out from her time on the programme, she retires from cycling with a palmares filled with world, European and national level podium results.
“The opportunity she has with the GB Bobsleigh Team is really exciting, we wish her well and I know the friends she’s made amongst the riders and staff here at British Cycling will be cheering her on in her new challenge.”
Vicky Williamson said: “Cycling has been a big part of my life since I was a teenager back when I came through the Girls 4 Gold Talent ID programme. In a way I’m sad to be moving on from it but equally I’m excited about what could happen in my bobsleigh career. My crash in 2016 changed my life, and although I would say it has inhibited my ability to excel to the top of the sport again, my athletic capability has still allowed me to continue in elite sport. I couldn’t have got through it without the support I received from British Cycling who funded my rehab and supported my return – I will always be thankful.”