A group of athletes, including a wounded serviceman supported by Help for Heroes, have embarked on a ground-breaking Para Skeleton and Bobsleigh training camp ahead of competing in their own World Cup for the first time.
The event is open to Para athletes with impaired muscle power (caused by illness or paraplegia), impaired passive range of motion, loss of limb or limb deficiency, leg-length difference (of at least seven centimetres) and hypertonia.
Athletes will use monobobs which have been fitted with specialist Para equipment and can be piloted and braked by one person.
The Help for Heroes contingent, headed up by Sports Recovery Manager and International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (FIBT) Committee member, Louise Watson have been joined by another four athletes (Canadian and American) who started off the week with three runs from curve 6 (also known as Junior Start).
Louise said of the training camp so far: “After a day at Junior start the novices were moved up to Curve 2/3 (slightly above Damen Start). Again everyone was sliding really well and keen to get going from the top.
“Yesterday was the first day of the official North America Cup race, the first opportunity our athletes have had to see how an official FIBT race is conducted. We will now hold the first ever FIBT Para Skeleton World Cup race on Saturday after the first ever mixed four Bobsleigh race. This is a truly exciting time in the development of the sport of Para Skeleton and really good news for the wider Para winter sport community.”
There is one GBR athlete in the Para Skeleton race - Matt Richardson - who is being supported by Help for Heroes.
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