Winter Sports

Military Stars Impress At International Bobsleigh Tournaments

Army athletes were in action at both the IBSF World Cup and the Para Sport World Cup.

(Picture courtesy of IBSF International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation).

It was a successful weekend of Bobsleigh for two of the Army's athletes.

At the IBSF Bobsleigh World Cup, 3 Para Private Nick Gleeson was part of both the two-man and four-man Great Britain teams that were competing in Austria.

In the two-man race, Pte Gleeson was alongside pilot Brad Hall and they started their Heat 2 run with a good getaway at 5:10.

They went round the track in 51.85, which was enough to secure an eighth-place finish at the end of the race.

This was the team's best result in this event for the whole tournament, with a ninth-placed finish last time out in Konigssee.

In the four-man event, Gleeson was involved in another quick lap.

Alongside Hall, Alan Toward and Ben Simons, they finished with a time of 1:42:47 which was enough to take them into 14th at the end of the event.

In previous events, the four-man team have finished 15th, 17th, 13th and 19th. (Picture: IBSF International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation.)

Meanwhile, at the Para-bobsleigh World Cup, defending champion Corie Mapp finished third in Germany, just over a second off the leader. 

He was competing in the seventh race of the series and with the result, he sits in third place in the standings with events in Switzerland in February and North America in March to come.

Mapp was discharged from the British Army in 2013 after losing both of his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

He won the inaugural Para-bobsleigh World Cup race in 2015 and was crowned world champion last year.

He also represented Great Britain at the 2017 Invictus Games, competing in both sitting volleyball and athletics.