So, yes, we are a winter sport, but at some point sliding becomes dangerous. The extremely low temperatures this week not only make it hazardous for athletes and coaches to be outside for an extended period of time, but it also can freeze up the steering components to your bobsleigh. Stay warm for the next few days and we hope to be back on the track next week. I am working on new dates for our Alberta Cup race that was scheduled for this weekend. Stay tuned....
This weekend, October 29th and 30th, we have Canadian Championships 2-man, 2-women, 4-man, 4-women and para mono bob races, being held at Canada Olympic Park. If you are not part of the races, come out and cheer on our athletes.
1pm Saturday - 2-man, 2-women and para mono bob races
1pm Sunday - 4man and 4 women races
Alberta Bobsleigh is hosting our 30th annual push competition at 2pm on Sunday September 18th. Come out and be a part of this fun event.
$25 entry fee per athlete
T-shirt for all participants and prizes for podium
Events: 2man, 2woman, Mixed 2man and 4man
For those athletes hoping to make our Alberta Team, our testing camp will be held on September 10th (sprinting and weights) and September 11th (Ice House push test). See the website calendar for more information and times.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday September 18th, 2016 at approximately 4:30pm (following ABA Push Competition). The meeting and BBQ will be at the ABA sled shed. More information will be sent to all members via email.
This summer Alberta Bobsleigh will be hosting a number of 'Learn to Push' camps in the Ice House at Canada Olympic Park. If you are interested in the sport of bobsleigh, come out and join us on one of these dates. Our coaches will teach you the push technique in this world class facility that has produced world and Olympic champions. Canada has some of the fastest push athletes on the planet due to this Ice House.
Dates for these camps are:
It was a chilly one for our second Alberta Cup race of the season. Ivo de Bruin continued his winning streak. Heath Spence followed closely behind with Taylor Austin third. Our women's field was won by ABA Team member, Kennedy Bailey. Thanks to everyone who came out to officiate in the cold.
The first Alberta Cup race of the season is in the books. We had a quite the lineup.... Forerunning were Alysia Rissling and her all woman 4man sled, along with one of Canada's Para Bobsleigh athletes Lonnie Bissonnette in a monobob. Winning this first race was Dutch Canadian Ivo de Bruin. Ivo was an Alberta Team member last season and now will be going on to slide for Holland. Alberta pilots Remi Kleszcznyski (Oscar Wronski on brakes) and Ryan Taal (Igor Brink on brakes) were second and third respectively.
Our calendar dates for the rest of the season are updated. Lots of sliding in January, February and March. Please check this calendar before coming to the hill as this is where I will update if we get a late cancellation (due to weather). Happy sliding.