News Archive, Category: Athletes

Ed Smith

15 February 2016

Sport: Skeleton Biography: Ed was scouted through the UK Sport Talent Identification programme in 2008 - the same year as Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas - and first started competitive sliding the following year. For a full biography profile, visit www.thebbsa.co.uk/the-team/directory/ed-smith

Donna Creighton

15 February 2016

Sport: Skeleton Date and place of birth: 20 September 1985, Portsmouth Biography: Donna joined the Talent ID scheme in 2004 and has since trained at the University of Bath alongside the rest of Team GB. For a full biography profile, visit www.thebbsa.co.uk/the-team/directory/donna-creighton

David Swift

15 February 2016

Sport: Skeleton Biography: Former international 100m and 60m sprinter David is a University of Bath graduate. At a BUSA event, he took interest in a skeleton flyer and soon attended trials which ended successfully and David never looked back. For a full biography profile, visit www.thebbsa.co.uk/the-team/directory/david-swift  

Laura Deas

02 January 2014

Sport: Skeleton Date of birth: 19 August 1988 Biography: Laura will make her Winter Olympic Games debut at PyeongChang 2018 after firmly establishing herself as one of the world’s top skeleton athletes in recent years. An all-round sportswoman who impressed at eventing, tetrathlon, netball and hockey, Laura got into skeleton through the Girls4Gold talent identification scheme in 2009 and narrowly missed out on selection for Sochi 2014. The following year saw Laura take giant strides...

Jackie Narracott

02 January 2014

Sport: Skeleton Date of birth: 5/11/1990 Biography: Jackie will make her Winter Olympic Games debut at PyeongChang 2018 after being selected in the Australian skeleton squad. The niece of Paul Narracott, the first Australian to compete at both the Summer and Winter Games, Jackie has been racing on the international skeleton circuit since 2012 and has been training at the University of Bath since 2016 with sprint coach Rob Ellchuk and alongside the BBSA squad. She...

Jerry Rice

02 January 2014

Sport: Skeleton Date of birth: 3 October 1990 Biography: A former semi-professional rugby league and union player, Jerry has been selected to make his Winter Olympic Games debut for Team GB at PyeongChang 2018. He made his GB Skeleton debut in late 2012 and went on to finish runner-up in the Europa Cup standings in 2014-15. A first World Cup appearance followed in 2016 and he was crowned as Intercontinental Cup Champion in 2016-17 before...

Marcus Wyatt

02 January 2014

Sport: Skeleton Date of birth: 14 December 1991 Biography: After joining the British Skeleton programme through the Power2Podium talent identification programme following Sochi 2014, Marcus has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks. The former American Football wide receiver made his World Cup debut in December 2017, placing a terrific tenth in Innsbruck. He had made his first appearance for GB Skeleton in March 2016 in the North American Cup and went on to impress in...

Lizzy Yarnold

02 January 2014

Sport: Skeleton Date and place of Birth: 31 October 1988, Maidstone, Kent Biography: Sledging since the age of 19, Lizzy has been hurtling down the track on her sled 'Mervyn' to great effect, securing first place in her first official race in 2010 and memorably winning Olympic gold at Sochi 2014. A former heptathlete, Lizzy made the transition to skeleton through the Girls4Gold talent identification scheme and has gone on to enjoy an outstanding career in the sport,...

Dominic Parsons

02 May 2013

Sport: Skeleton Date of Birth: 8 September 1987 University of Bath course of study: Mechanical Engineering PhD Biography: Dom combines study and sport at the University of Bath, with his PhD in Mechanical Engineering helping him design sleds that have consistently kept him in the world's top ten for the past few years. A former 400m runner, he was introduced to skeleton while studying at the University and made his debut in January 2008. He...

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