The Irish Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association will be holding preliminary aptitude trials this Thursday, August 23 at the National Indoor Arena on the National Sports Campus from 3pm.
Irish Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association intends to use the opportunity to test any athletes who want to try out for the next Olympic squad for the upcoming 2022 Cycle.
The aptitude trials will take place at the sprint area of the facility and they will be testing sprint speed, jumps and strength and will have a bob and skeleton on the track and rails to review aptitude for specific skills.
Speaking today Irish Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association Recruitment Officer Simon Linscheid said, “The addition of women’s Monobob in the Beijing Winter Olympic programme 2022 is good news. Internationally, it is one of the events being used by the IOC to improve gender balance at the games in line with the IOC’s Agenda 2020 to deliver 50% gender balance. From our point of view, it is doubly welcome because the barriers to entry are significantly lower since the Monobobs are supplied centrally to all competing nations, eliminating technological advantages gained by nations with very large supporting budgets.”
“Overall, the events that we hope to compete in, encompass the full scope of our remit; Bobsleigh men, Bobsleigh women, Monobob women, Skeleton men and Skeleton women.”
“We would be very interested in hearing from men and women from a performance sports background with excellent sprint-speed and strength who might be interested in coming forward for review.”
Anyone interested in attending or who wants further information should contact Simon Linscheid on 086 9972507.