News Archive, Category: Athletes

John Baines

28 January 2014

Sport/Event > Bobsleigh Date and Place of Birth > 26 September 1985, Middlesbrough Occupation > Royal Air Force Biography > Like many of the bobsleigh squad here at Team Bath, John was initially a sprinter, winning 100m and 200m titles at county level. He switched to bobsleigh in 2008, becoming a Brakeman. He can normally be found working as a communication specialist for the Royal Air Force. Career Highlights > 19th - 4-man, Winter Olympics,...

Stuart Benson

19 December 2013

Sport/Event > Bobsleigh Date and Place of Birth > 12 February 1981 Occupation > Royal Air Force avionics technician Biography > Already an accomplished triple jumper, 200m runner and 60m indoor sprinter - Scottish champion no less - Stuart began his bobsleigh career in the summer of 2011 and now finds himself as a brakeman in the Team GB set-up. Career highlights > 5th - 4-man, Winter Olympics, Sochi, Russia, February 2014 Selected for Team...

Olly Biddulph

17 October 2013

Sport: Bobsleigh Date Arrived at Team Bath: September 2013 University of Bath Course of Study: Sports Performance Biography: Olly is a driver with the British Bobsleigh team, which has its headquarters at the University of Bath. He started studying for a Sports Performance degree in 2013 and was previously supported by a University of Bath Santander Sports Scholarship. For a full biography profile, visit

Lamin Deen

17 October 2013

Sport: Bobsleigh Date of Birth: 17 June 1981 Occupation: British Army Biography: Lamin juggles his usual role as a Queen's guardsman with his bobsleigh career which he started in 2006. He also exhibits sporting prowess in other areas, having been regimental boxing champion for six years while he also enjoys table tennis and basketball. For a full biography profile, visit  

Joel Fearon

18 November 2012

Sport: Bobsleigh Date of Birth: 11 October 1988 Occupation: Full-time athlete Biography: Originally a 100m and 200m runner, Joel took up bobsleigh in 2011. He now bases the majority of his training at the University of Bath's Sports Training Village alongside the rest of Team GB. For a full biography profile, visit  

John Jackson

29 July 2012

Sport: Bobsleigh Date of Birth: 11 April 1977 Occupation: Corporal in the Royal Marines Commando Biography: For a full biography profile, visit  

Andrew Matthews

25 February 2012

Sport: Bobsleigh Date of Birth: 26 Ocotber 1984 Occupation: Learning/behaviour mentor Biography: Andrew began his career in bobsleigh in 2012 having spent many years as a 100m sprinter. In his athletics career, he won gold in the 4x100m relay at the 2003 European Junior Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland. For a full biography profile, visit  

Ben Simons

20 January 2012

Sport: Bobsleigh Date of Birth: 13 November 1986 Occupation: Full-time athlete Biography: In a previous life Ben was a sprinter, representing Wales in the 100m and 4x100m relay as well as dabbling in long jump, football and rugby. He came to bobsleigh in 2012 where his speed and acceleration was put to use in the launching process. For a full biography profile, visit

Bruce Tasker

18 November 2011

Sport: Bobsleigh Date of Birth: 12 September 1987 Occupation: Full-time athlete Biography: A former 400m runner, Bruce took up bobsleigh in 2010 and was one of the brakemen in the GB crew finishing fifth at the 2013 World Championships. He has since established his place in the GB squad with whom he trains at the University of Bath. For a full biography profile, visit  

Paula Walker

19 April 2011

Sport/Event > Bobsleigh Date and Place of Birth > 23 April 1986, Blackburn Occupation > Serves in the British Army Coached by > Peter Gunn Biography > Paula started her bobsleigh career as a brakewoman in 2006 but soon progressed to the driver's seat. She made her Olympic debut at the Vancouver Games in 2010, finishing a creditable 11th place on the super fast Whister track. She followed that up with an impressive gold medal at...

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