Sliding Sports Australia Ltd. (‘SSA’) is the National Federation (‘NF’) representing the sports of Bobsleigh and Skeleton. SSA is recognised by the FIBT – the International Federation for Bobsleigh and Skeleton – as the Australian representative body.
Despite our climate, Australia has had a strong representation in these sports over recent history. Expatriate Australians have competed in the sport right back into the 1930’s, but It was only in the mid 1970’s that an Australian Team as such competed as an entity. It wasn’t till 1986 that a formal structured body was formed – the Australian Bobsleigh Federation (ABF) and Teams started to regularly compete on the circuit in international races. In 1992 ABF was replaced by Australian National Bobsleigh Association (ANBA), which continued the legacy of Australia’s participation on the international circuit.
ANBA was then replaced by the Australian Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association (ABSA) which again continued the legacy of Australia’s participation on the international circuit. During this era the sport expanded to include men’s and women’s Skeleton as well as women’s Bobsleigh. Sliding Sports Australia replaced ABSA as the National Federation in August of 2013. In August of 2014, members of SSA voted to include the Sliding Sport of Luge into our charter.
One of the primary objective of SSA is to provide a professional governance structure and operations from which to drive program development.