Jamaican bobsleigh team who kept fit pushing a MINI on Peterborough’s streets take training to new level

During the first lockdown the Jamaican bobsleigh team were able to keep fit by pushing a MINI Cooper around Peterborough’s streets.

By Joel Lamy
Sunday, 13th December 2020, 9:07 am
The Jamaican bobsleigh team pushing a MINI Convertible
The Jamaican bobsleigh team pushing a MINI Convertible

And the team, including sled pilot Shanwayne Stephens (30), Dy’Neal Fe’ssal (28) and Matthew Wilson (30), have now taken their training to another level at the UK’s largest indoor slope at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, by pushing a MINI Convertible, wrapped in the unmissable colours of the Jamaican flag, up and down the snowy incline for the ultimate resistance training.

Shanwayne said: “This second lockdown has been even harder on our training. Matt and Dy’Neal are new to the team so we’re focusing on gelling together as a team and getting them up to speed – they have never been in a bobsled or even seen one yet!

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“Pushing the MINI here may seem like a bit of fun but this has been an important exercise. Just being on ice is completely different to training in the summer – the toll on your body is entirely different and you use energy in different ways.

“Snow Centre is only -3 degrees - that’s pretty mild compared to what we’re normally in, and they’re already complaining about the cold!”

Currently training to qualify for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, as well as various competitions across North America and Europe this season, the team’s next major event will be the World Championships in Lake Placid, New York, in February.

Shanwayne added: “We have a big task ahead of us, but it’s doable”.