News Archive, Tag: British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association

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

Quality and quantity as British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association announce 2015-16 squads

08 October 2015

Britain’s biggest-ever bobsleigh squad was announced at the University of Bath this week. The skeleton team for the new season was also confirmed, with the two winter sports coming together this year under one organisation – the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association. Both sets of athletes are based at the £30million Sports Training Village, where they use the world-class gym and the newly-improved outdoor push-track – the only one of its kind in the country....

Lizzy Yarnold to take competition break from skeleton to recharge for Olympic title defence

17 September 2015

Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold is taking a season-long break from competition but will return to skeleton in the hope of becoming the first slider and the first British Winter Olympian to defend her title in PyeongChang in 2018. Yarnold, who trains with the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association at the University of Bath, made history this year when she won the World and European Championships to complete a career Grand Slam of skeleton titles, having...

Mark Lewis-Francis joins the British Bobsleigh programme. PICTURE: @nickhopetv

Olympic champion Mark Lewis-Francis joins British Bobsleigh programme at University of Bath

14 September 2015

Mark Lewis-Francis is determined to add a Winter Olympic medal to his Summer Olympic gold after joining the British Bobsleigh squad, based at the University of Bath. The 33-year-old was part of the Great Britain men’s 4x100m relay team, along with University of Bath sprinter Jason Gardener, which famously won gold at the Athens 2004 Games. Now he has swapped the athletics track for the push track at the £30million Sports Training Village as he...

BAC members, including Anna Watkins and Karen Pickering (second and third from left), tried their hands at bobsleigh with athletes from the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association. PICTURE: Paul Gregory

Olympic champions among elite sportspeople at Sports Training Village for BAC Athletes Day

09 September 2015

A host of Olympic, Paralympic and world-class sports people gathered at the University of Bath on Wednesday to take part in the British Athletes Commission’s first Athletes Day. Up-and-coming stars across a wide range of sports – from football to fencing, swimming to sailing, dressage to diving – also attended the event which focused on dealing with sponsors, agents and the media. The day was run by Anna Watkins, the rower who famously won double...

Picture by: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Olympic bobsleigh pilot Paula Walker announces retirement

08 May 2015

Double Olympian Paula Walker has announced her retirement from bobsleigh. The 29-year-old, who trained at the University of Bath, piloted Britain to 11th place at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and 12th at Sochi 2014. She gave birth to daughter Poppy later that year and is set to marry fellow British Bobsleigh pilot John Jackson, so Walker is retiring to focus on her family. “It's been a very tough decision to leave the...

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