BobsleighLieutenant Colonel Helen Smyth

Looking forward to the 2018 Season – Bobsleigh

After the success of the Inter Service Bobsleigh Championships held in Lillehammer, Norway in March 2017, the UK AFWSA Bobsleigh fraternity are now looking towards the Inter Service Bobsleigh Championships for 2018 which will be held in Igls, Austria from 24 February to 3 March 2018 with the race days being 1-2 March.  The format of the Inter Service Championships mirrors the Bobsleigh World Championships format with 4 race runs over 2 days, always guaranteeing an exciting race.  Last season the Army were victorious in the Men’s Team event and the RAF were the Female Team champions.  The individual trophies went to the RN/RM in both the male and female races (Sgt John Jackson/Cpl Sam Dalrymple and LAET Rachel Robertson/Lt Alex Kelly).  The Novice trophies were split between the Army (Pte Nick Gleeson) and the RAF (Sgt Niamh Lashbrook) whilst the Fastest Brakeman trophy went to the RAF (SAC John Baines) and the Fastest Brakewoman trophy went to the Army (LCpl T Tuilovani).  The Lillehammer track was a very technical track which certainly tested all the drivers and the move to Igls will better suit the less experienced drivers.  It is also a well known start track so the start at Igls for the bobsleighers will be key; it is well suited to the fast starters.  The Army and RAF will be aiming to retain their Team Trophies but the other Services will be racing for victory!

The start of the 2017/2018 season has already been busy for Service personnel.  On the World Cup Circuit LSgt Lamin Deen (Army) has had a superb start to his Olympic season and he is currently 8th in the World Rankings for 4 man bobsleigh drivers.  Pte Nick Gleeson (Army) has been a brakeman in both the 2 man and 4 man bobsleigh events on the World Cup.  LSgt Deen has had 4 top 10 finishes with his best result being a Silver Medal in Whistler; this is an absolutely superb achievement and truly deserved.  The Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea from 9-25 February 2018 and it is anticipated (depending on the race results and rankings for the rest of the Season) that the UK AFWSA will have two athletes competing in the Winter Olympics.