Stunt woman has taken cycling world by storm

MEDAL HAUL: Donna Williams
MEDAL HAUL: Donna Williams

HAD she discovered her talent earlier in life, Donna Williams could well have been going to the London Olympic Games this year.

The 32-year-old professional stuntwoman from Norton, near Bury St Edmunds, won her second British Cycling National Masters Track Championship in as many attempts in Newport, Wales, this year.

Her first came in 2010, just five weeks after she took up track cycling as a sport at the age of 30, but on this occasion she added a silver and a bronze medal to her collection as well.

“My coach has always said to me that if I had got into it a few years earlier I would quite easily be in the national squad,” said Williams. “But I’m a bit older now and in any sport it’s harder to be taken seriously when you come in at an older age.

“My goals now are all in Masters cycling and to compete in the World Masters when I am 35 in 2015.”

Williams is also a team medallist at a national elite level, sharing the podium with the likes of Olympic silver medal winner Rebecca Romero, and has also competed at that level alongside Team GB’s golden girl Victoria Pendleton – a gold member of Mildenhall Cycling Club.

Her two gold medals have both come in the 500m time trial, with her absence from the championships in 2011 due to filming scenes for forthcoming movie World War Z with Oscar winner Brad Pitt.

She also picked up silver in the match sprint and bronze in the 10km scratch race, an event won by Catherine Wiggins, the wife of Tour de France hopeful Bradley.