Winter Sports

Meet The RAF Bobsleigh Star Impressing For Jamaica

The RAF Regiment's Lance Corporal Shanwayne Stephens has just completed his first season with the Jamaican team.

A Royal Air Force bobsleigh star has just completed his first international season with Jamaica.

Lance Corporal Shanwayne Stephens has impressed on the world stage and was part of the first Jamaican four-man team in "almost 20 years".

The RAF Regiment sportsman is proud of the team's work this year.

He said: "For us this year, with everything that’s happened with the lockdown, I basically had to start this season with a brand new crew, because a lot of the athletes we have in Jamaica were not able to travel.

"So for us, being able to even get on to the World Cup, putting in results and starting to get PBs (personal Best) and stuff, I think for us, it’s been a great achievement."

LCpl Stephens won't be taking part in the World Championships this year, however.

"We’ve made a decision as a team not to because, moving forward and going into next year, it’s not going to benefit me."

The RAF Bobsleigh team have been impressing many with the international performances of LCpl Stephens and John Stanbridge.

But how did LCpl Stephens get started in the sport?

He explained: "So I first started with the RAF in 2015. The first time I went into a sled was in La Plagne in France.

"I absolutely loved it and I’ve been coming back year after year since then to the point where I got the opportunity to trial for Jamaica in 2017.

"I started driving for the team in 2018 season and here I am trying to make the Olympics in Beijing in 2022."

Competing in his first international season during a year of such confusion has been a challenge for LCpl Stephens.

He discussed how he has managed to work through the pandemic saying: "Obviously, with the lockdown, all the gyms have shut... so we had to create our own ways of training.

"I built a little home gym in the back garden out of timber and I went out pushing my fiancee's car up and down the street.

"The Germans obviously don't have to do that, but it's what I have to do to get to where I need to be."