Lizzy Yarnold OBE
Double Olympic Champion
Lizzy Yarnold OBE cemented her place in sporting history after winning every major title in her sport of skeleton in just 407 days. Lizzy won her first World Championship gold medal at the 2015 event in Winterberg, Germany (with two track records) to add to her Grand Slam collection of the Olympic and European titles and the overall World Cup title in the 2013/2014.
Lizzy is the second athlete ever and the first British slider to hold the Grand Slam titles at the same time when she was the Olympic, World and European Champion. Lizzy won the Olympic Skeleton event at the Sochi Winter Olympics on 14th February 2014. Lizzy won having led the field in every training run leading up to the Games and over the entire 4 race event – her winning margin of 0.97 seconds was the largest ever.
Lizzy was runner up in 2014 and third in 2015 at the Sky & Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year awards and was nominated for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality. Lizzy was picked to take part in skeleton after entering a talent ID programme called ‘Girls for Gold’ in 2008. She was physically and mentally tested and picked to take part in the sport. Her rise to Olympic champion in just 5 years shows her focus and determination, her coaches commentating that her mental toughness is indeed unique.
Lizzy was awarded an MBE for Services to Sport in June 2014. Twenty-Seven year old Lizzy grew up in West Kingsdown in Kent and currently lives near Portsmouth. A keen athlete as a child – Lizzy grew up on a farm and tried her hand at most sports including the heptathlon which she specialised in. A Geography & Sports Science graduate, Lizzy is passionate about environmental issues and encouraging healthy role models for young people, in particular, Lizzy feels very strongly that she wants to use her success on the track to help young girls feel better about their body shapes and to take up more sport and activity. Since her Olympic win Lizzy has visited over 50 schools across the country spreading that message.
Getting Tough: Building Resilience in the Next Generation
After her sensational wins at the 2014 & 2018 Winter Olympics, Lizzy Yarnold captured the hearts and imagination of the British Public, as the humble young woman from Kent who never gave up on her dreams and with frightening determination reached the pinnacle of a thrilling and often dangerous sport: the Skeleton Bobsleigh.
Using her experiences from the world of elite sport and having studied ‘Mental Toughness’ at University, Lizzy will talk about education’s role in developing essential life skills such as personal resilience, self-awareness and an ability to work towards specific objectives - and the impact of these important character traits on young people’s ability to reach their full potential.