We’re really pleased to announce that we’re sponsoring the Royal Navy’s Skeleton Bobsleigh Team for the second year running – both the men and women.
For those that haven’t come across it before, there is quite a bit of history around it but the summary is that “toboggans” used in Alpine countries at the end of the 19th Century were inspired by Canadian/Indian sleds used for transport.
In 1892, an Englishman, Mr. Child, surprised his sports friends with a new sled made mostly from metal. Some speculate that since the sled looked like a skeleton, it ended up being called a skeleton – and that’s where the name originates from.
So who are the people behind the teams? The men’s team comprises Sid Lawrence (coach), Andy Sawyer (coach), Robert PJ Pritchard (captain), Gregg Powell, Ed Maddy, Josh Spibey, Pete McDUff, Andy Bartlett and James Green. The ladies include Lliana Veneti, Bianca Di Resta, Melanie Hasaim, Nicole Gardner, Sally Hayes, Sarah Burns and Georgie Cohen (a civilian training with the Navy).
The people above are used to travelling at incredible speeds of 80mph on ice and Lliana has won 12 trophies since joining the team in 2009. Making a big impression, she was made captain in 2011.
All of the ladies team are in their 20’s and all of them view “sliding” (as they call it) as fun(!) and most of them are new to the team. Melaine said: “The sponsorship you provide the Royal Navy skeleton team has been the most essential as it is your kit that keeps us warm on those below minus degree days at the top of the track and for this, we thank you for it”.
For the men, Anthony Sawyer, the coach, is proud to help “new breed of brave Skeleton Pilots representing Her Majesty’s Royal Navy!” and the captain, Robert PJ Pritchard-Jones “First tried skeleton in 2006 and was hooked ever since!”
And what about Georgie (the civilian) who adopted skeleton because it seemed like a “safer” option. Safer than what?!
We’re sure our kit will keep the teams warm wherever they are. We’ll be following their progress over the course of the next few months.