News Archive, Tag: bobsleigh

Mark Lewis-Francis and John Jackson train on the University of Bath push-track ahead of the 2015/16 bobsleigh season

John Jackson retires from bobsleigh after ten years at the top

10 June 2016

Great Britain Bobsleigh pilot John Jackson has announced his retirement after a decade-long career at the top of the sport. The 39-year-old Royal Marine has enjoyed huge success with his country since joining the programme in 2006 but has now decided to focus on family life after the birth of twins last month. Twice an Olympian in 2010 and 2014, Jackson - who trained on the unique outdoor push-track at the University of Bath -...

Dom Parsons at the 2016 Skeleton World Championships. PICTURE: Charlie Booker

Third top-ten finish for PhD student Dom Parsons as Skeleton and Bobsleigh World Champs conclude

22 February 2016

University of Bath PhD student Dom Parsons recorded another top-ten finish at the Skeleton World Championships in Igls, Austria. Parsons (pictured), who has recently recovered from an ankle injury, was tenth after the first day of competition and maintained that position with the seventh and 12th best runs respectively in heats three and four. It was the third time the Mechanical Engineering student, who is supported by the University’s Dual Career programme, had finished in...

The BBSA tweeted this picture of Bruce Tasker, Performance Director Gary Anderson and Joel Fearon after a fourth-placed finish at the 2016 World Championships

Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon ‘over the moon’ after Britain’s best bobsleigh result for 50 years

16 February 2016

The University of Bath-based British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association is celebrating its best two-man bobsleigh result on the global stage for 50 years. Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon finished fourth at the World Championships in Igls, Austria on Sunday, just two-tenths of a second outside the medal places. The result was all the more impressive as it was Tasker’s first appearance at a World Championships as a pilot – he still competes as a brakeman...

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GB Bobsleigh set sights on historic medal after World Championships provisional squad announcement

25 January 2016

Great Britain Bobsleigh are targeting a medal at next month's Championships in Austria after narrowly missing out on the past two occasions. GB, who train at the University of Bath's Sports Training Village, finished fifth in the four-man event at the last two global gatherings in 2013 and 2015, missing out on a bronze medal by just 0.07 seconds in St Moritz three years ago. They were similarly close to the podium at the 2014...

Laura Deas won bronze at the ISBF Skeleton World Cup in Lake Placid in January 2016

Another Skeleton World Cup medal for Laura Deas as GB bobsleigh men go mighty close to podium

11 January 2016

University of Bath-based slider Laura Deas won another medal and the GB four-man bob missed out by just four-hundredths of a second during a highly-encouraging start to 2016 for the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA). Five medals were also won by Britain’s young bobsleigh athletes in St Moritz, including a clean sweep of podium places in the women’s race, as GB continued their dominance of the Winter Youth Olympic qualifying competition. Deas, who won...

Top-ten finish on World Cup return for bobsleigh driver John Jackson

14 December 2015

John Jackson made a stylish return to World Cup action for the first time in nearly two years as he guided Great Britain to eighth spot in the four-man bobsleigh on Sunday. Jackson, who trains at the University of Bath, last competed at the top level at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (pictured) and missed the whole of last season with a long-standing Achilles injury. He won silver on European Cup duty in Winterberg last...

Another encouraging weekend of World and European Cup action for British Bobsleigh & Skeleton athletes

07 December 2015

British Skeleton ace Laura Deas backed up her maiden BMW ISBF World Cup win with a fourth-placed finish in Winterberg on Friday. University of Bath student Dom Parsons, pictured, was seventh in the men's event and there were some strong finishes on the bobsleigh circuits during another encouraging weekend for British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association athletes. Deas, fresh from topping the podium in Altenberg in the opening race of the season, was again in the mix in...

Bobsleigh at the Sports Training Village

Hat-trick of golds for aspiring bobsleigh and skeleton Youth Olympians

05 December 2015

The Great Britain Bobsleigh and Skeleton teams enjoyed a fantastic Friday as they helped themselves to a hat-trick of gold medals at the latest round of qualifying for February's Youth Olympics. Kelsea Purchall took top spot in the women's mono-bob and George Johnston followed suit in the men's field, while Ashleigh Pittaway led the way in the women's skeleton in Igls, Austria. It was a second success in three races for World number one Purchall after...

Donna Creighton, ice coach Eric Bernotas and Laura Deas, who won gold in the opening skeleton World Cup race of 2015-16

Laura Deas wins gold and bobsleigh men add silver during great weekend for BBSA athletes

30 November 2015

A brilliant gold medal for slider Laura Deas and silver in the four-man bob made for a stunning start to the season for the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association athletes based at the University of Bath. Deas produced a sensational performance in Altenberg, Germany on Friday to pip home slider Tina Hermann to gold in the first BMW IBSF World Cup skeleton race of the 2015-16 season. “It’s a dream start,” said Deas, who won...

Mark Lewis-Francis and John Jackson train on the University of Bath push-track ahead of the 2015/16 bobsleigh season

Best-ever medal haul as GB Bobsleigh Youth Olympic hopefuls make flying start to season

09 November 2015

Great Britain Bobsleigh's Youth Olympic hopefuls got their season off to a stunning start as they dominated the medal table in Calgary. GB won eight medals in the opening two races of a seven-race season that will determine who qualifies for the second Youth Olympics in Lillehammer in February 2016. Kelsea Purchall and Annabel Chaffey claimed a gold medal apiece in Canada, with Purchall winning Race 1 on Wednesday night and Chaffey repeating the feat...

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