The oldest and most experienced member of the British archery team in the 2012 Olympics in London, which will be Alison Williamson's sixth straight Olympic appearance, becoming the fourth Brit to do so. While British teammate Simon Terry took an extended break after his Olympic debut in Barcelona 1992, for Williamson it was the beginning with appearances at every Games since.
Her best performance to date remains her individual bronze medal at Athens 2004 where she became the first British female to win an Olympic archery medal for 96 years. Williamson was introduced to the sport at a young age by her parents but it wasn’t until she was 14 that she took to it with any conviction.
Williamson’s parents are both keen archers. Father Tom is a coach and a former president of GB Archery while mother Sue is also a coach.
She was awarded a scholarship to study at Arizona State University and trained to become a primary school teacher prior to the Athens Games in 2004.
Williamson lists Sir Chris Hoy as her sporting hero and won team silver at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 alongside Naomi Folkard and Amy Oliver, her London 2012 teammates. She was given a MBE in June 2012 as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.