My name is Brian Roberts and I hail from Blaenau Ffestiniog in Snowdonia, North Wales..........I have been offered the opportunity to Pilot a Bobsleigh with the Great Britain para Bobsleigh team for the rest of the 2019 winter sports season!
I am off to Norway on the 2nd of January for Intensive Training in how to pilot a Bobsleigh! I am going for two weeks and at the end of it all I will be competing in my First World Cup Bobsleigh Race representing Team GB down the Olympic Track in Lillehammer! This will be my first race in this year's International Bobsleigh Federation Para Sport World Cup Series......
Here is a link to last years IBSF Para Bobsleigh World Cup race in Lillehammer:
I am no stranger to speed for I have been Kart Racing for several years but apparently it was my performance in this year's Volkswagen Cup Saloon Car Racing Championship that bought me to their attention........2018 was my first season of saloon car racing and I was fortunate enough to achieve a couple of podium finishes in my self prepared VW Golf Race Car. In turn I was awarded the title of “Driver of the Season” in the classic VW Cup championship.
I will be very fortunate to have current Para World Champion Bobsleigh Pilot Corie Mapp alongside me in the Great Britain Team and Corie hopes for good things from me. He thinks my driving skills will transfer well to the art of piloting a Bobsleigh for it is very similar in principle to Motor Racing in that you try and go around corners as fast as you can.
There are three remaining rounds in this year's World Cup season. After competing in Lillehammer I will travel straight to Oberhof in Germany for further training and I will compete there on the weekend of 19th and 20th of January. The final round of the World Cup Season, which is also the European Championship for 2019, is on the 14th and 15th of February in St.Moritz, Switzerland. I then have a break of 5 weeks before heading off to Lake Placid in the USA for the World Championships on the last weekend of March......Gulp!!!!
This amazing opportunity came as a complete surprise and it is a dream come true for me to be able to compete with Team GB as a team mate to current Para Bobsleigh World Champion Corie Mapp in both the Bobsleigh World Cup Series AND the World Championship. I did play Badminton for Wales a few years ago and I was hoping to go to the Badminton World Championships but an injury forced me to miss out on that opportunity. This will more than make up for the disappointment........
Bobsleigh is a tough and technical sport for you have to be so precise with your lines. A small mistake can make the difference between winning or losing so I will need all my wits about me and I cannot wait to see how I will fare against the other Athletes........Corie has been very supportive of me so far and who better to learn from than the current World Champion!
Para Bobsleigh is only four years old as an International Sport. It is growing in popularity and consequently it has provisionally been allocated to become an Olympic Sport for the next Winter Olympics at Bejing in 2022. If it becomes officially accepted then there should be Lottery Funding available for Athletes to help cover the costs. In the meantime the GB para Bobsleigh Team receives no funding virtually so each pilot has to pay his own way.
I have been so fortunate to be offered such an opportunity but the total cost of this season's campaign will amount to £11,000 in all so I am reaching out for support to help me achieve this goal..........
Thank you very much for your consideration. I wish you all the very best!
EDITED UPDATE TUESDAY 15th January 2019 "TARGET AMOUNT HOPED FOR REDUCED TO £6,000".........
Brian finished 13th and 12th on the two days of his FIRST World Cup Para Bobsleigh event in Lillehammer on the 12th & 13th of January! This was GREAT result on his debut. He did however manage a fine 7th fastest on one of his runs!!!!
As a result of this Brian has received "Generous" support from "The St.Moritz Lucky Horseshoe Club Bobsleigh Team"..............A local businessman from the Blaenau Festiniog area (Brian's home town) has also made a very generous donation. He wishes to remain anonymous so we have to respect that. Brian is very, very grateful to both of these supporters!
As a result of this, we have been able to reduce the amount hoped for from this crowdfunding project quite substantially.........