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The British Bob team is appealing for help to get it to the 2022 Winter Olympics after losing its public funding.




It's confident it can challenge for medals.

The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association is desperate for support.

It's urging companies and individuals to offer financial backing ahead of the Beijing Games in less than three years' time.

The government high-performance funding agency UK Sport has said it will not support the Bobsleigh programme after the squad failed to win a medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018.

But the Association believes it can be in the mix for medals, given the right assistance.

"We are deeply disappointed that a significant sport such as bobsleigh will no longer be funded by UK Sport," Joanna Poulton, chair designate of the BBSA said.

"Although we were aware following last year's funding review that bobsleigh might not be supported through to Beijing, we had hoped that our results this year would ensure some sort of further support.

"We believe we have good medal prospects, not just for Beijing 2022 but also for 2026 and beyond.

"However, UK Sport made it clear to us what we had to do to retain funding and, if we have fallen short, then we must accept that."

Britain's four-man bob teams failed to reach their target of top-5 finishes at Pyeongchang 2018, ending up 17th and 18th.

But results have improved in 2018-19.

The two-man bob team of Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson were 4th at the World Championships in Whistler in March.

GB 2-man bob 4th at World ChampsBrad Hall & Nick Gleeson 4th at the Worlds - photo by IBSF














It equalled GB's best World Championship two-man result for more than 50 years.

They made it with crowd-funding and sponsorship by De Vere.

And the women's team, which was 8th in Pyeongchang, achieved a career-best 4th place at a World Cup race in January.

GB women's bob 4th at Altenberg World CupThe GB women's team heading to 4th at a World Cup - photo by IBSF













Last month, the GB four-man crew that competed at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 were officially awarded the bronze medal after two Russian teams who finished ahead of them were disqualified.

It was the team's first Olympic medal since 1998.


The BBSA was given more than £5 million for Pyeongchang 2018 and £350,000 for last season.

Now all funding has been withdrawn.

"British Bobsleigh has a long history of participation and success at elite level and we will now focus all our efforts on finding sponsors and donations to ensure that we have teams on the ice representing GB next winter and through to the Beijing Olympics," Joanna Poulton said.

"We will be doing everything we can to ensure the team can get to China - especially as we believe they can be in the mix for medals if they get there - and we would love to hear from companies and individuals who share that desire and that belief in this team.

GB women's bob teamGB women's team at the Altenberg World Cup - photo by IBSF













British Bobsleigh achievements in season 2017/18 and 2018/19

March 2019 - joint best 2-man World Championship result since 1953 as Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson finish 4th in Whistler

January 2019 -  Hall and Gleeson secure GB's first 2-man top-6 finish at a World Cup event for 13 years in St Moritz - their third PB in as many races

January 2019 -  Mica McNeill and Montell Douglas finish fourth in the Altenberg World Cup - a race they led at halfway

November 2018 -  McNeill wins 4 gold medals in as many races on the North American Cup circuit

February 2018 - McNeill and Mica Moore finish 8th in PyeongChang - the best result for a British women's bobsled team in Olympic history

November 2017 - Lamin Deen leads his 4-man team to World Cup silver in Whistler - a result that could yet be upgraded to gold

November 2017 - Hall pilots his 4-man crew to World Cup bronze in Park City - a first men's World Cup medal since 2013. The race also saw Deen's crew finish in the top 6 - the first time two British crews had achieved this feat for two decades.

GB 2-man bob team Brad Hall & Nick GleesonGB's Brad Hall & Nick Gleeson - photo by IBSF
















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