Friday, 21 May 2010


Its not long now till you will see the City of Bath covered in beautiful Lions. Each one has been lovingly painted by a different artist. The artist can chose what story they decide to share with you and paint on the lion for everyone to see. There are 100 in total that will all soon be placed in different positions around the city...they will look amazing. Your have to go on a trail and count how many you get to see.

We had the official launch of them this week at the Royal Crescent hotel in Bath where I got to meet a selected few...they are awesome, all together they create quite a magical sight to see.

My Lion will be outside the Bath Rugby shop on Pultney Bridge I believe so look out for him and give him a pat for me...although watch out..he does get hungry!

Thursday, 20 May 2010


I was invited to a lunch in London the next day after the Sports Industry Awards, after a very late night it was lovely to be fed some beautiful food at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park. Bar Boulud, a french inspired bistro, is newly opened under the direction of the illustrious Lyon born Chef Daniel Boulud.
The Daily Telegraph hosted this event in honour of Helen Skelton, Britain's amazing adventure kayaking down the Amazon woman, and me. In between course we both got interviewed by Sue Thearle who currently presents the News and Sport on the BBC News channel and on BBC World News.
It was an inspiring few hours as I listened to another persons adventure, yes a different one from my Olympic journey, but someone who I could relate to and still be overwhelmed by what she had just achieved. Having first met Helen a few months ago when I was invited onto Blue Peter, I want to say she is a true inspiration also to all women out there, Well done Helen.


On the 18th May I drove to Virginia Water, to the biggest golf club I have ever been to, Wentworth....What a place. This week the BMW PGA Championships take place. I have to admit to everyone that I haven't ever really played a serious game of golf, but it was an honour to be invited as an ambassador of BMW and to interviewed by Gary Lineker along with with Paul Casey, Colin Montgomerie and James Cracknell, to the BMW employers that were all there.

Good luck to everyone taking part this week.


On the 13th May I was invited to go to the Sports Industry Awards in Battersea Park, London. This was a much bigger event then I first thought it would be, A red carpet, star studed night. I was presenting an award in the evening, which was more nerve racking then doing the Olympic runs! My legs were like jelly.
I got to meet some amazing sport stars that I have watched and admired for years on the TV screen...but was great to meet them in real life! Denise Lewis, Sally Gunnel, just to name a few..
Thank you massively to Burberry who dressed and styled me for the night.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Bath University Blues Awards

I got presented with another University of Bath Blues awards.... 3 years after my first!
An Honorary Blue is awarded, exceptionally, to a person connected with the University of Bath who has made outstanding contributions to World Sport, over a period of at least two years.... that's what I got!

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Jonathon Ross Show

How scarey...but how great. Was amazing to meet the World Famous Jonathon Ross on his sofa! He was and is a lovely man, was very kind and surprising nice to me! Seeing as I was worried about going on the show...All worked out great....

Take a look on you tube:

Chris Evans skeleton lesson!!

So we have a budding new skeleton starter...BBC 2 Radio presenter Chris Evans.
Chris and sports reporter Jonny Saunders launched themselves down the track at the University of Bath to see who could secure the fastest time for their breakfast show sporting challenge
The pair, who take on a different sporting challenge each week for his Radio 2 show,
came down to Bath for there Sport Challenge. I taught them my greatest tips and techniques and off they went down the track. It was a great fun afternoon thanks guys for coming and wanting to have a go!

BBC 5 mins with.....

A few weeks ago I meet with Matthew Stadlen in London. What a lovely man...and a great honour to be chosen to have this special 5 min interview!!
Take a look....

A unique pair Oakley sunglasses

Oakley have made me a pair of glasses to celebrate my achievement at the Olympics. With Queen of Speed etched along the lenses they are a unique pair just for me...Thank you Oakley.