Place of birthSevenoaks


Issy Fassnidge joined the British Skeleton set up via the Girls4Gold talent campaign in 2021.

A friend suggested Issy apply for the scheme looking to identify potential female medalists for the 2026 and 2030 Olympic Winter Games in the spring of 2021 and, even though she had little prior knowledge of the sport, she signed up and progressed all the way to final selection in December of that year.

Issy made her international debut 12 months later, finishing 11th in the Europa Cup in Bludenz. She improved to ninth place in Igls in her second outing in February in a race that also doubled as the Junior European Championships and in which she won bronze in the U20 category.

She repeated that feat with a second Junior European Championship bronze in Altenberg in December 2023 and she ended her second season of competition with a further six EC appearances and two North American Cup starts to her name. The highlight of her 2023/24 campaign came in February when she won EC bronze in a 26-strong field in Igls.

Prior to starting skeleton, Issy represented her county in netball and athletics, specalising in the 200m and 400m in the latter.

Outside of sport, Issy loves to bake and walk her dog. She was in the midst of her A-Levels when beginning her journey in skeleton and would one day like to go into psychology, with a particular focus on mental health in sport. 


  • Most likely to be spotted: eating or napping
  • Least likely to be found: riding a bike
  • Me in three: determined, energetic, sociable 
  • Hero: Lizzy Yarnold. When I was little, she came through my town on a big red bus after winning her first Olympic gold medal and I thought she was so cool!
  • Random fact: I accidentally blended my finger in a smoothie blender! 
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I'd be travelling the world with my dog