(ISN) – CALGARY—Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton is looking for its next Duff Gibson and Heather Moyse – Olympic gold-medal winners who came from multi-sport backgrounds.
A Canada-wide search is being launched, with recruitment camps underway through the months of February and March.
“Our sports, especially bobsleigh, tend to be picked up by athletes in their late teens or early twenties – athletes who have enjoyed success on other playing fields,” said Chris LeBihan, high-performance director, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. “We have worked with our provincial association partners to locate some of the hotbeds of multisport activity, and scheduled recruitment camps to allow those athletes to test themselves against our standards, and hopefully entice our next generation of champions to the sport.”
For a nominal $20 fee, athletes in cities from Quebec to B.C. can be assessed against the recruitment standards, which include speed testing for 15- and 30-metre starts, along with various strength and lifting requirements.
“We are looking for serious athletes who demonstrate explosive strength, power, and speed,” said LeBihan. “There’s also a huge need for our athletes to have a team mentality.”
Recruitment camp schedule:
March 7 – CALGARY
Arrival: 11:30 a.m.
March 8 – RICHMOND, BC
Arrival: 12:30 p.m.
March 15 – MONTREAL
Arrival: 2:30 p.m.
March 29 – HAMILTON, ON
David Braley Athletic Centre
Arrival: 10:30 a.m.