Alberta Bobsleigh athletes were well represented in the recent North America's Cup races in Whistler, BC. On the men's side, pilot Taylor Austin swept all of the events... three 2man race and three 4man race wins! Other athletes in the men's events from Alberta were Brendon Thera-Plamondon who is a new pilot showing good skills and push athlete Daniel Sunderland.
Bring your friends, family, neighbours, team-mates.... we are holding another Learn to Push in the Ice House at Canada Olympic Park!! Come and see if you have what it takes to join our exhilarating sport.
Sunday October 17th
6pm - 7pm (opportunity to continue pushing in ABA session directly after)
Ice spikes (shoes to run on ice) and helmets provided. WinSport requires proof of vaccination to enter Ice House, as it is an indoor facility. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Alberta Bobsleigh members! Please join us on September 19th, directly following the ABA Push Competition (at approximately 4:30pm) for our Annual General Meeting and BBQ. This will be held at the ABA sled shed, near the finish dock. More info will be sent via email to all members.
Alberta Bobsleigh's Annual Push Competition is this Sunday September 19th at 2pm. Come and join us at the Ice House in either the 2-man, 2-woman, mixed and alumni categories. Prizes for podium. Register by Friday September 17th at email@example.com **$10 per athlete**
We have our second Learn to Push session coming up soon. On Sunday August 8th from 6:00-7:30pm come and join us to try pushing a bobsleigh on ice. This is a free session to anyone that is new to bobsleigh and would like to see if they have what it takes.
What you will need: long pants and long sleeved shirt (what you would wear on a cool day running outside).
What we provide: helmet, spiked shoes (to run on ice), and coaching staff.
Contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Our summer training program has just got underway. Currently we have sprint training on Sunday and Tuesday evenings and weight training on Mondays and Wednesdays. We will transition from the sprint training to the Ice House training in early July. Prices can be found on our membership sign up forms. If you would like to take advantage of our training, please contact our Technical Director at email@example.com for more information.
Alberta athletes were able to get to slide in Whistler this season. Our head coach Dennis Marineau ran a successful driving school and training trip from the end of February to the beginning of March. Thank you to all for doing the necessary testing and abiding by provincial restrictions to make this work. We look forward to getting things underway for spring/summer training soon.
As most of you will know, the travel restrictions and health advisories have been extended and strengthened for British Columbia and Alberta. The December 1-6 trip to Whistler is no longer an option for us. We will move our plans to trips in January and early February 2021. For now, what is allowed is 1-on-1 Ice House training with our Head Coach Dennis Marineau. Please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
Unfortunately, just hours before most of us were leaving, we had a call from Whistler Sliding Centre informing us about the Covid19 lockdown of the Vancouver and Whistler areas. Following the BC government's instruction, Whistler Sliding Centre has had to cancel our sliding for this week. We will make plans to head to Whistler again when we are allowed to travel. We are hopeful for the December 1-6 trip.
We held our 34th annual push competition on Sunday September 20th. Great to see so many athletes out from all levels of the sport. Winners of the women's competition were National team members Christine de Bruin and Janine McCue. Jess Hansen and Eden Wilson were a close second, with Emily Picket and Erica Voss capturing third place. On the men's side Taylor Austin and his brakeman Mark Mlakar out pushed a strong field. Derek van den Brink teamed up with Lascelles (King) Brown for a solid second place just squeezing ahead of Fabio Silva and Davidson Souza.