Bobsleigh man trains for heavy schedule

BRITISH bobsleigh team member Kenny Simm is progressing steadily as the top development driver in the Great Britain squad.

He is currently in Edinburgh training for a heavy schedule in January and February as the sole male British driver competing in the Junior World Championships at Konigssee in Germany.

Kenny and fellow Royal Marine Jamie Devlin will be the first GB junior male crew to compete in this championship for a few years and the first all Royal Navy crew for many years. This track is a favourite of Kenny’s and with loads of practice prior to race day he and Jamie realistically are hoping to be in the top 20 in race one to qualify for race two.

After the Junior World Championships, Kenny and Chris Woolley will compete in the last three rounds of the Europa Cup at St Moritz and then back to Cesana in Italy where they came fifth in the British Championships in the first race of this season.

The prime aim in the remaining Europa Cup races is to qualify in the top 20 at each meeting in order that they get a second run in each to win world ranking points.

Due to the state of the pound against the euro, the costs for racing in Europe are now so high that Kenny and Chris are having to look for lowest cost accommodation and plan routes in order that fuel costs are kept as low as possible. There is still no funding from the British Bobsleigh Association for the team, but they appreciate greatly the support they have received in Shetland from those who have enabled the team to compete this far.

They said they would like to thank: Star Rent A Car, Stronachs Body Repairers, Visit Shetland, Ocean Kinetics, Artmachine, Thulecraft, Access 2000, LEF, MK Leslie, Lerwick Port Authority, Jim’s Garage, Buildbase, Tunnock’s, JB’s Autostore, Brae Building Centre, Globus, Captain Flint’s, D&G Leslie, Drumquin Guest House, Shetland Janitorial Supplies, Shetland Transport, Highland Fuels and the Mid Brae Inn.


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