Attention SSA Stakeholders,
It is with great excitement that I announce the appointment of John Farrow as the first Athlete Director for SSA, in what is a significant step towards the establishment of an Athletes Commission for Sliding Sports.
John, who represented Australia in the discipline of Skeleton at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, has demonstrated a considerate and unwaivering dedication to not only his own performance, but the performance of his fellow team mates. Moreover, he has given significant time to help establish SSA and continue its growth. The Board of SSA looks forward to working with John and more broadly supporting greater athlete participation in our governance and operations.
It is with pleasure that I announce the inclusion of two new members to our Board; Hannah Campbell-Pegg and John Pegg. Hannah and John have provided critical oversight and governance to Luge Australia, and with their appointment, Sliding Sports Australia Limited is one step closer to officially representing the sport of Luge in Australia.
Additionally, the Constitution of SSA has been officially changed so that our purpose now includes promoting the sport of Luge. This is a big step forward for Sliding Sports in Australia.
After nominations were accepted, and as per Section 13.3 a) iii) of The Constitution, the current Board of SSA comprises of:
|Di Piazza, Adrian|
Congratulations to all new and re-appointed Directors.
In accordance with s250N of the Corporations Act, the SSA AGM will be held on 30 August 2014. At present, the proposed time and location is as follows:
- Location: Lane Cove Library, 139 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove NSW 2066 (AUSTRALIA)
- Time: 9:30 am (sharp). Room hired from 9am.
Ask at the front desk for the room name. Changes may be made no less than 21 days from the proposed date.
The current proposed Special Resolutions are:
- To adopt a new Constitution; and
- To change the purpose of Sliding Sports Australia to include the Sport of Luge.
Please refer to the attached proposed Constitution for review. Please note that the purpose of Sliding Sports Australia has been changed in this document to incorporate Luge.
The current forms have been sent to members. Kindly return as soon as possible to our admin email account.
Nomination of Directors, including Athlete Director:
Nominations must be received no less than 28 days prior to the AGM in the form attached. The current Directors of Sliding Sports Australia support the following Board candidates to facilitate a smooth integration between Luge Australia and Sliding Sports Australia Limited:
|Campbell-Pegg, Hannah||Luge Australia|
|Flynn, Karen||Luge Australia|
|Hadfield, Peter||Luge Australia|
|Pegg, John||Luge Australia|
Please note that the First Directors of SSA will seek re-election. These Directors are as follows:
|Di Piazza, Adrian|
Please consult the Constitution and the Corporations Act (2001) for relevant information, or contact me at your convenience.
2014 FIBT Congress in Monaco
The Monégasque Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Luge Federation hosted the 2014 Federation de International Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT) Congress, which recently concluded in Monty Carlo. Aaron Simson-Woods represented Sliding Sports Australia (SSA) at the congress. The major focus was the election of the FIBT Executive Committee for the upcoming quadrennial cycle (2014 – 18) in the build up to the next Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The following people where elected to the FIBT Executive Committee:
- President: Ivo Ferriani, Italy
- Vice President Finical and Corporate Affairs: Andreas Trautvettter, Germany
- Vice President International Affairs: Adam Pengilly, Great Britain
- Vice President Legal Affairs: Ben Sandford, New Zealand
- Vice President Sport: Darren Steele, USA
- Vice President Communication: George Bedjamov, Russia
- Vice President Marketing: David Tomatis, Monaco
Historically Ben Sandford from New Zealand becomes the first person from the Oceania region to be elected to the FIBT Executive Committee. However SSA congratulates the entire newly elected executive and is excited about collaboration with the new board in the coming months.
The FIBT has secured a television partnership with Infront Marketing up to the 2017/18 seasons. This ensures that there will be over 200 hours worth of Bobsleigh and Skeleton races broadcast live in Australia per year via the FIBT Youtube Channel.
The FIBT wants to increase participation from small nation in international races through the new initiatives in Parasport, Monobob and at the Youth Olympics.
Monobobs built by Swissbob will be used for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Lillehammer in 2016 and for future parabob events. The FIBT is planning to position 10 monobob’s each at the tracks in Park City, USA; Lillehammer, Norway; and Igls, Austria. This offers athletes the possibility to hire sleds and train in order to gain driving experience.
The FIBT is involved in negotiations with the IOC for the final set up of the sliding events at the 2016 YOG in Lillehammer, Norway. The FIBT anticipates having a field of 15 sleds for the men and women’s monobob and 20 sleds in the Men and Women’s Skeleton at the 2016 YOG in Lillehammer.
The FIBT Parasports commission continues to work towards achieving the goal of having Bobsleigh and Skeleton as recognized Paralympic Games sports. Significantly the FIBT has recently been given IPC recognition.
Belgium will host the 2015 FIBT congress. 2015 will also see a return of the FIBT Summer World Push Championship, which will be held in Stuttgart Germany.
Presentations by the organizers of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics show that the Lillehammer Bobsleigh Skeleton and Luge Track is ready to host events for the YOG. Recently the track had its timing system overhauled and will host ICC and EC Skeleton races this forthcoming season.
The organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang started construction of the Alpensia Sliding Centre in March. The Organisers anticipate that the venue will be ready for homologation in October 2016.
What this means to Australia?
- Continued access to live stream access to World Cup and World Championships live on the FIBT’s YouTube channel.
- Access to monobobs for athletes to hire and train with at Igls, Lillehammer and Park City.
- Opportunities to develop new teams in monobob, parabob and for the YOG.
- Opportunities to send a team to the 2015 FIBT Summer World Push Championships.
SSA is incredibly proud of our skeleton athletes and their results during the 2014 Winter Olympics. In true Aussie style, every one of our athletes improved, run after run after run. It’s easy to forget that most of these athletes have only gone down the Sochi track for a total of 25 minutes or less before their Olympic runs.
John Farrow – 17th out of 27 Sleds
Michelle Steele – 14th out of 20 Sleds
Lucy Chaffer – 17th out of 20 Sleds
|Feb 13 2014||6:30 PM (Local) / 11:30 AM (Sochi)||Women’s Skeleton Heat 1 & 2|
|Feb 14 2014||11:30 PM (Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi)||Men’s Skeleton Heat 1 & 2|
|2:40 AM (Local) / 7:40 PM (Sochi)||Women’s Skeleton Heat 3 & 4 (medal Event)|
|Feb 15 2014||1:45 AM (Local) / 6:45 PM (Sochi)||Men’s Skeleton Heat 3 & 4 (medal Event)|
|Feb 16 2014||3:15 AM (Local) / 8:15 PM (Sochi)||Men’s Bobsleigh 2-man Heat 1 & 2|
|Feb 17 2014||1:30 AM (Local) / 6:30 PM (Sochi)||Men’s Bobsleigh 2-man Heat 3 & 4 (medal Event)|
|Feb 18 2014||2:15 AM (Local) / 7:15 PM (Sochi)||Women’s Bobsleigh Heat 1 & 2|
|Feb 19 2014||3:15 AM (Local) / 8:15 PM (Sochi)||Women’s Bobsleigh Heat 3 & 4 (medal Event)|
|Feb 22 2014||3:30 AM (Local) / 8:30 PM (Sochi)||Men’s Bobsleigh 4-man Heat 1 & 2|
|Feb 23 2014||8:30 PM (Local) / 1:30 PM (Sochi)||Men’s Bobsleigh 4-man Heat 3 & 4 (medal Event)|
Local time is AEDT (Sydney, Australia). Generally speaking, the second heat will be run 70-90 minutes after the first.
Last night the XXII Olympic Winter Games began with the host country putting on an amazing show. We were delighted to see our athletes representing Australia in the traditional Opening Ceremony march.
We hope that all our supporters are able to take the time to cheer on our athletes over the coming weeks. We’ll be posting a comprehensive schedule soon, and include results as they are known.
The Australian Men’s Bobsleigh Team includes pilot Heath Spence and crew members Lucas Mata, Duncan Harvey, Gareth Nichols, Anthony Ryan, Dustin McPherson and Brad Prestige. They have put in a fantastic effort for Australia this season. While Duncan Harvey and Anthony Ryan are Winter Olympic veterans from Vancouver 2010 – the rest of the team has been pulled together over the last 4 years. Heath has taken it upon himself to learn how to drive and has grasped the basics in both the 2-man and 4-man sleds. He continues to climb the learning curve – and with the support and hard work of his crew – managed to qualify for both the 2-man and 4-man competition for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
The teams most recent World Cup results are as follows:
13/15th December 2013 Lake Placid USA
Australia 1 2-man 25/27 sleds
Australia 1 2-man 23/25 sleds
Australia 1 4-man 22/26 sleds
18/19th January 2014 Igls Austria
Australia 1 2-man 23/24 sleds
Australia 1 4-man 26/26 sleds
25/26th January 2014 Konigssee Germany
Australia 1 2-man 28/28 sleds
Australia 1 4-man 23/24 sleds
The men’s team will compete the only way they know how in Sochi – hard and fast. They will carry Australian colours into completion with vigour and pride. Electing to be self coached and managed, they have done what few other teams can claim to. The team have sourced their own state of the art sleds and equipment, and we hope that this will give them the best chance to do better than any Australian team before them.
Good luck boys!
Astrid Radjenovic and her team of Ebony Gorincu, Jamie Hedge, Jana Pittman and Janina Strauts – “The Icebirds” – are aiming for a top 10 finish during the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Icebirds are the most experienced, prepared, financed, supported and equipped Women’s Bobsleigh Team ever to leave Australian shores.
Astrid is a bobsleigh veteran and takes 10 years of international competition experience into her third Olympic Winter Games. She has customised the Icebirds’ preparation to get the best possible result for Australia. Top 10 World Cup results entitled her to Australian Institute of Sport funding and has her team in the right frame of mind leading into Sochi. That’s not to undermine her own financial sacrifices and the support of her Husband – a fellow Bobsleigh pilot – and family.
Astrid, as the team driver, has a team of World Class athletes that has been pushing her over last 4 years. Ebony Gorincu and Jamie Hedge have done a fantastic job in giving Astrid world class competitive starts in international competition. Astrid also recruited Fiona Harrison into her team. Fiona was a member of the high powered British Olympic Bobsleigh Team for Vancouver. Late inclusions into Astrid’s Icebirds team is Janina Strauts and Jana Pittman. Janina comes from a strong athletic background in Long Jump, High Jump & Pole Vault. Jana Pittman is a two time 400m World Champion and has a total of four Commonwealth Games Gold Medals to her name from the 400m individual and relay events in 2003 and 2007. Jana is also a dual Summer Olympian from 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens.
Sliding Sports Australia wishes Astrid and the entire Australian Women’s Bobsleigh Team the best of luck in Sochi!