Innovative research projects and training sessions alongside players from
the NFL are helping propel the British bobsleigh team towards the podium at
the Sochi Olympic Winter Games in 2014.
Gary Anderson, Performance Director of Great Britain Bobsleigh, discussed
details of the team¹s path towards Sochi at a preview to the 2011/2 season
at the team¹s University of Bath base.
The Sochi Olympic Winter Games take place almost 50 years to the day since
Tony Nash and Robin Dixon won Britain¹s only Olympic bobsleigh gold medal at
Innsbruck Games in Austria.
Great Britain Bobsleigh have launched a PROJECTfifty campaign in partnership
with UK Sport to try to improve every element of team preparation and racing
in the lead-up to 2014.
It includes an innovative partnership with McLaren to develop improved sleds
and runners, as well working with KBC on new helmets and BSC (BodyScience
Skin) on new race suites.
Team members also attended a summer training camp at the Michael Johnson
Performance centre in Dallas, where they trained alongside NFL players.
³Our objective is to be on the podium in Sochi,² said Anderson. ³We intend
to be the best prepared team of athletes physically, mentally and
technically to leave these shores for the Olympic Winter Games.
³That is something that is totally within our control. ³
The team are keen to build on their successes last season, when Paul Walker
and Rebekah Wilson won the World Junior Championships for the first time and
John Jackson and Dan Money won a Europa Cup gold.
The team¹s goal for the 2011/12 is for the women¹s crew to secure top-eight
finishes in the World Championships or World Cup, and for the men to achieve
a top-eight World Cup finish and a top-12 FIBT ranking. The team has also
targeted winning a medal at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.
Olympian John Jackson teams up with Bruce Tasker, John Bains, Stu Benson and
Joel Fearon in GBR1 for the coming season, with Paula Walker, Rebekah Wilson
and Kelly Denyer in the women¹s GBR1 crew.
Katherine Endacott is a member of the Europa Cup team. She returns to train
at the University of Bath, at which she studied for an HND in Coach
Education and Sports Performance, which she completed in 2004.
Endacott was a member of the England 4x100m team that won gold at the Delhi
2010 Commonwealth Games, where she also won an individual silver medal over
100m. Her goal now is to compete as a sprinter at the London 2012 Olympic
Winter Games and then to represent Great Britain in the bobsleigh at the
2014 Olympic Winter Games.
³I really enjoyed my time as a student at the University of Bath,² she said.
³I¹m just going to find my feet in the bobsleigh this year, but there¹s no
reason why I can¹t do 2012 and 2014.²
The next stepping stone for the British bobsleigh athletes is the British
Championships, taking place at the Winterberg track in Germany from 24 to 29
The University of Bath is The Sunday Times ŒUniversity of the Year¹