Who are we?
The Great British Luge Association is National Governing Body for the sport of natural Luge in Great Britain. We are responsible for developing the sports and the athletes within the UK.
Last year the GBR team saw the best results that they had ever seen in the history of the sport. Dex Unwin placed 16th in the world and newcomer Joshua Reeves placed 28th in the mens category. Ashleigh Evans managed to place 26th in the world in the womens category.
Despite the great results, the usual funding has been cut to the GBR team, requiring the athletes to find alternative funding. Luckily the athletes are full time Airmen and Airwomen of the Royal Air Force, so some funding has been given from associated charities. Despite this they are still is desperate need of funding to be able to compete in the sport, which has bid for Olympic status this year.
Why are we raising money?
This funding appeal is specifically to let these athletes compete on the world stage, so they can represent their country in the European and World Championships.
All the money raised will be used to support the three athletes and the GB coach on our training programme and competition. Funding areas:
- the continuation of the Natural Luge training programme, to maximize their potential and move up the ranks on the world stage.
- international travel and competition training and expenses, including the European and World Championships.
In order to achieve our goals we will need to pay for the training tracks in Europe, and transport around the different race locations.
The teams Lead coach is Eddy Dunlop, a former GBR athlete who competed at the highest level in his day. Now he concentrates on coaching the new upcoming athletes and recruitment of new talent.
Eddy said: "The team is looking strong at the moment and are improving every year. We need to support these athletes for the upcoming season. Every penny raised will be greatly appreciated by myself and the team. All the money will be used to give these athletes the best chance to succeed at the European, World Championships and potentially the Olympics ". All last years results can be found here: http://www.fil-luge.org/en/news?news_category_id=2&season=16
The three athletes that will hopefully be competing this year are:
Cpl Ashleigh Evan
Cpl Joshua Reeves
SAC Dex Unwin
By supporting our campaign you will be assisting athletes who will be competing in the following events:
- Kuhtai (Austria) 1st December- 3rd December
- Latzfons (Italy) 5th January- 7th January
- Moscow (Russia) 12th January- 14th January
- Kindberg (Austria) 19th January- 21st January
- Deutschnofen (Italy) 26th January- 28th January
- Winterleiten (Austria) 9th February- 11th February
- Umhausen (Austria) 16th February- 18th February
All events can be watched on live stream from this website: http://eversport.tv/alpine/luge
Why this is so important?
Our athletes who hope to see the Olympic stage in the near future need your help. It starts here with this campaign to ensure they can compete at the European and World Championships to the best of their abilities. We cannot do this without your help so please come and support our campaign and your home Nation.
The top three donations will receive sign snap backs from the GBR team.