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.
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.
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.”
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.