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Friday 6 March 2015

Catching up with Abi Davies

We recently caught up with Abi Davies who studies Sports Journalism at Solent, she competes in Bobsleigh and Athletics. We asked her about her background and experiences.


Tell us a bit about your background and how you got into bob-sleighing:

From a young age I have been a competitive sprinter, reaching National Standard. With my sprint background I opted for a new route and was successfully selected on the GB Bobsleigh development programme after a testing day 3 years ago in Loughborough.

Abi Davies

Can you tell us about your experience so far, since joining Southampton Solent University?

My course is amazing and the facilities and equipment provided really improve our learning experiences and help us gain all the skills we need for our future profession. The uni is also extremely understanding about the travelling and competing abroad involved with Bobsleigh, and have allowed deadline extensions etc which has taken a lot of weight off my shoulders!

Tell us about your awards and trophies or those you are aiming to win:

Athletics – my proudest achievements are Midland Champion and Welsh Champion for 60m. Silver medal in the 4 x 100m relay at English Schools.

Bobsleigh – I was selected this season to represent Team GB in the Europa Cup and was then progressing to World Junior Champs, however was injured during training in St Moritz, Switzerland. I look to be selected again next bobsleigh season – injury free – to compete for my country across Europe.

You are a High Performance Academy (HPA) athlete. How has the HPA team helped you progress?

I was scouted for Solent HPA whilst choosing Solent as my firm choice. The High Performance Academy has really enhanced my time here at Solent allowing me to enjoy life as a student, balancing my uni work and doing all the training I need to do to help with bobsleigh and sprinting.

I am quite injury prone, the HPA team have been amazing getting me back fit from a fractured knee and now ready to help with my new injury!

Abi and the HPA team.

What sporting achievements are you most proud of?

 

To even be selected as a GB athlete in bobsleigh, is one of my proudest achievements, I just can’t wait now to actually represent my country in the sport I love.

What do you think are the traits of a good team?

In bobsleigh, you basically live with your team mates over the whole of winter, so it’s really important you get along with each other and understand what makes each other tick.

Being organised is key in bobsleigh, you have to prep your own sled together and remember all your kit, have team meetings and load the vans together etc.

What advice would you give anyone who wants to get into bob-sleighing? What attributes do they need?

If you’re good with speed, the cold and a slight aspect of danger the sport is for you. As a brake-woman you have to trust your pilot to get you to the bottom of the ice track. You need to be powerful and fast at the start to get the sled moving.

What is a typical training session/training day?

It varies one day I will be on the track doing a sprint session another in the gym building up power and strength.

What are the toughest challenges you are facing?

 

Currently I am injured after a crash in training over in Switzerland, so I am currently resting and waiting to start rehab, ready to be back for testing in summer to get re-selected for the 2015/16 season.

Do you have any upcoming competitions or sports events?

I would have been competing in the European Champs, in a few weeks time held in La Plagne, France but for now I am on the road to recovery.

Abi preparing with her bobsleigh team

What are your favourite sports?

Bobsleigh and Skeleton are great sports to watch and of course Athletics will always be one of my favourites! I like pretty much all sports though!

Who is your favourite athlete?

Usain Bolt. To break 2 world records and then do it again is amazing! What are your hobbies and interests? I’m quite chilled, I like watching films, going out for meals.

I love going to watch sports, I’ll pretty much watch anything!! What are your plans for the future? Keep working hard to be the best I can be as a bobsleigh athlete, one day I hope to part of the Olympic Squad. Career wise I hope to be a sports journalist working for a website.

Header image courtesy of: WinSport’s Canada