Paula Walker: British Olympic bobsleigh pilot to retire

Paula Walker
Paula Wilson, with Rebekah Wilson (behind), was a world junior champion and also represented the Army at badminton, boxing, rugby and athletics

Great Britain Olympic bobsleigh pilot Paula Walker has announced her retirement.

Walker, 29, finished 11th at Vancouver in 2010 with brakeman Kelly Thomas and was 12th in Sochi with Rebekah Wilson four years later.

She gave birth to her first daughter, Poppy, late in 2014 and is to marry British bobsleigh pilot John Jackson.

"After having my daughter Poppy, all my time and attention needs to go to her," said former Army corporal Walker.

Walker won World Junior Championship gold when partnered by Wilson in 2011, and is poised to rejoin the Royal Corps of Signals.

"Paula winning in 2011 helped put British Bobsleigh back on the map," said British Bobsleigh Performance Director Gary Anderson. "A lot of the investment we are now getting, started on that day when Paula proved that we could compete with the best in the world."