English Institute Bobsleigh track openedSubscribe
Andy Probert 01 February 2002
THE NEW BOBSLEIGH push-start track at the English Institute of Sport site in Bath was officially opened by Lord Glentoran yesterday.
Lord Glentoran - who won an Olympic two-man bobsleigh Gold medal in 1964 with Tony Nash - opened the facility at the University of Bath with Great Britain’s 2002 Winter Olympic team members Dean Ward, Paul Attwood, Phil Harries and Dave McCalla.
The £303,900 project at the EIS site, part of the UK Sports Institute network, has been backed by the Sport England Lottery fund and sponsors VT Aerospace. British athletes in the Olympic sports of bobsleigh, bob skeleton and luge will all benefit from the 125m track, which mirrors the starts at both the 2002 and 2006 Winter Games.
"The start is crucial to bobsleigh and this track mirrors the real-thing," explained British Bobsleigh Association Performance Director Tony Wallington." Our athletes will be able to practise their starts time and time again, watched by coaches and analysed by biomechanical technology.
"If a team loses hundredths of seconds at the start it is very difficult to make up the deficit on the track. Equally, a good start can make a huge difference to the finish time."
Steve Cram, Chairman of the EIS, welcomed the new addition to the network: "This new facility, combined with the sports science, sports medicine and conditioning facilities available through the Institute, will help our bobsleigh competitors to achieve their full potential in international events such as the Olympics and World Championships."