Alberta athletes were able to get to slide in Whistler this season. Our head coach Dennis Marineau ran a successful driving school and training trip from the end of February to the beginning of March. Thank you to all for doing the necessary testing and abiding by provincial restrictions to make this work. We look forward to getting things underway for spring/summer training soon.
As most of you will know, the travel restrictions and health advisories have been extended and strengthened for British Columbia and Alberta. The December 1-6 trip to Whistler is no longer an option for us. We will move our plans to trips in January and early February 2021. For now, what is allowed is 1-on-1 Ice House training with our Head Coach Dennis Marineau. Please contact Sarah at email@example.com if you are interested in participating.
Unfortunately, just hours before most of us were leaving, we had a call from Whistler Sliding Centre informing us about the Covid19 lockdown of the Vancouver and Whistler areas. Following the BC government's instruction, Whistler Sliding Centre has had to cancel our sliding for this week. We will make plans to head to Whistler again when we are allowed to travel. We are hopeful for the December 1-6 trip.
We held our 34th annual push competition on Sunday September 20th. Great to see so many athletes out from all levels of the sport. Winners of the women's competition were National team members Christine de Bruin and Janine McCue. Jess Hansen and Eden Wilson were a close second, with Emily Picket and Erica Voss capturing third place. On the men's side Taylor Austin and his brakeman Mark Mlakar out pushed a strong field. Derek van den Brink teamed up with Lascelles (King) Brown for a solid second place just squeezing ahead of Fabio Silva and Davidson Souza.
Join us on September 20th, directly following the ABA Push Competition (at approximately 4:30pm) for our Annual General Meeting and BBQ. This will be held at the ABA sled shed, near the finish dock. More info will be sent via email to all members.
Congratulations to Alberta athlete Christine de Bruin for piloting her Canadian sled to a bronze medal position in World Championships. Joining Christine was the powerhouse brakewoman Kristen Bujnowski, The pair put in 4 solid runs to stand on the World Championship podium at the very demanding Altenberg Germany track. They also finished ahead of top German hometown favourites! Alberta Bobsleigh is proud to be part of your journey.