Rhona Martin’s most recognised sporting achievement is as skip of the Great Britain team that included Debbie Knox, Fiona MacDonald and Janice Rankin that claimed gold at the Winter Olympics in 2002. The team’s triumph over Switzerland meant they became Team GB’s first gold medalists at the Winter Olympics since Torvill and Dean in 1984. Martin took up curling at the age of 16 and soon experienced success on the world stage in the junior championships. This continued and in 1998 she skipped the team to a silver medal at the Europeans and narrowly missed out on a medal at the 2000 World Championships, but this allowed the team to qualify for the 2002 Winter Olympics. And the rest is history… The story of the ladies victory in Salt Lake City attracted a huge amount of interest – especially as they were all in full-time jobs or were full-time mothers up until six months before the Games. After winning gold, they arrived home to a heroes welcome. Martin received an MBE in recognition of her services to curling. In 2005, Martin guided her team to fifth at the European Championships and skipped the GB Olympic curling team for a second time in Turin 2006, where she also carried the nation’s flag in the opening ceremony. After retiring from competition in 2006, Martin took up coaching and went on to graduate from the UK Sport Elite Coach development programme. Having been Head Coach for women’s curling at the sportscotland institute of sport until 2014, Martin is now the High Performance Manager for Bowls Scotland. She was an ambassador for London 2012, as well as being a Torch bearer in Glasgow during the Torch relay.