Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner. Facebook Messenger An icon of the facebook messenger app logo. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Facebook Messenger An icon of the Twitter app logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. WhatsApp Messenger An icon of the Whatsapp messenger app logo. Email An icon of an mail envelope. Copy link A decentered black square over a white square.

Bianca Williams’ Olympic ‘dream’ in jeopardy as she is banned from driving

Bianca Williams arriving at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court on Monday (Jordan Pettitt/PA)
Bianca Williams arriving at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court on Monday (Jordan Pettitt/PA)

British sprinter Bianca Williams has been banned from driving despite telling a court it could stop her from training and jeopardise her “dream” of going to the Olympics next year.

Ms Williams, 29, failed on three occasions between April and June 2023, to tell police the identity of a driver alleged to have committed an offence while driving a Tesla Model 3.

The athlete, who submitted an application to try and keep her licence, claimed not driving would make it “massively inconvenient” for her to get to training.

But magistrates at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court in south London on Monday, rejected her claim she could not use public transport and suspended her from driving for six months.

In October, two Metropolitan Police officers were sacked over the stop and search of Ms Williams and her partner, the Portuguese sprinter Ricardo Dos Santos, 28, in 2020.

The couple are black and claimed they were racially profiled.

A police misconduct hearing was told officers followed Mr Dos Santos in their police carrier because of the “appalling” and “suspicious” nature of his driving and were doing their duty when they conducted the stop and search.

But the panel found two officers had lied about smelling cannabis.

Bianca Williams stop and search
Bianca Williams and Ricardo Dos Santos claimed they were racially profiled in a stop and search in 2020 (James Manning/PA)

Having pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to tell police the identity of a driver, Ms Williams told the court she was not driving the Tesla at the time of the alleged offences.

Representing herself, Ms Williams said she was currently working as a tennis coach in the evenings and as a full-time athlete during the day.

The sprinter, who lives in the Maida Vale area of west London with her partner, said it was “massively inconvenient” to get to the central London athletics track where she trains using public transport, and “really hard” to get to her tennis coaching sessions in north London without a car.

Ms Williams, who told the court she drops off her three-year-old child at nursery before training every morning, said losing her licence would “make my dream of going to the Olympics next year impossible”.

“I understand this is totally my fault, I shouldn’t have relied on somebody else to fill out the form,” she said.

“It’s hard to get from nursery to training. My income would drop because I wouldn’t be able to do any coaching sessions.

“It would be horrible to lose my licence. I would potentially have no work and no income.”

Ms Williams, who already had 11 points on her licence, said her partner Mr Dos Santos could not always help her get around because he is working as an Amazon delivery driver alongside his training.

Rejecting her application, Chair David Matthews said: “The bar for an exceptional hardship application is a high one. There are other means of transport.”

Ms Williams was disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay a fine of £276, a surcharge of £110 and £85 costs.

Another 18 points were added to her licence, bringing her total to 29.