PhD student Dom Parsons in four-strong GB squad for Skeleton World Championships

09 February 2016

University of Bath PhD student Dom Parsons (pictured) is one of four sliders selected by Great Britain Skeleton for next week’s ISBF World Championships in Igls, Austria.

Sochi 2014 Olympian Parsons, who is studying Mechanical Engineering and supported by the University’s Dual Career programme, is joined in an experienced squad by David Swift, Laura Deas and Donna Creighton.

Parsons was seventh at last year’s World Championships and has recorded five top-ten finishes on the World Cup circuit during the 2015-16 season.

Deas heads to Austria ranked number four in the world having already claimed World Cup gold and bronze medals this season. She too was seventh at last year’s World Championships, which were won by fellow Brit Lizzy Yarnold.

Creighton – who has raced at three previous World Championships – and Swift both won their respective Intercontinental Cup crowns in 2015.

The GB Skeleton team and support staff ahead of the 2016 ISBF World Championships. PICTURE:
The GB Skeleton team and support staff ahead of the 2016 ISBF World Championships. PICTURE:

GB Skeleton Performance Director Andi Schmid said: “We have selected an experienced squad who all know what it takes to compete at the very top level and I have no doubt that they will do their country proud.

“Laura has medalled twice this year and we hope she will be challenging again in Igls, and Dom has shown real consistency to be ranked in the top six heading into the event.

“Donna has also been consistent on her return to the World Cup circuit and has lots of experience of the World Championships, while Swifty showed his potential in St Moritz [where he won Europa Cup gold] and will hope to take that momentum on to a track where he had success in the past.”

The men’s skeleton starts at 8.45am on Thursday, February 18 and concludes on Friday 19 at 2.30pm, with the women’s event scheduled for 8.45am on Friday 19 and the same time on Saturday 20.

GB’s skeleton athletes train at the University of Bath, using the unique outdoor push-track and world-class gym at the £30million Sports Training Village.

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