Female Bobsleigh team granted Winter Olympics funding from donations

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It’s been a tough couple of months for the British women’s Bobsleigh and Skeleton team.

British Bobsleigh announced it was going to withdraw funding for the team just five months before the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association (BBSA) said in September: “The GB Bobsleigh programme is currently focusing resources on winning medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

“We are actively seeking commercial funding to further support our world class programme and we will continue to do so.”

The news was more shocking due to the fact that there was going to be three men’s teams funded with the women’s getting no funding.

The team which included Mica McNeill had all but given up hope, with the Olympic dream slipping further away.

McNeill, the pilot of Great Britain’s number one bobsleigh team came up with a way to keep their Pyeongchang 2018 hopes alive.

She set up a GoFundMe page with the aim of £30,000 raised to support the team. The money was to go towards the fixtures and training before the main event of the Winter Olympics.

Well as mentioned in the video in the link, the ladies managed to get the necessary in just a week!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-sports/41809457

It really is an incredible story and such great news! Fingers crossed to all GB bobsleigh and skeleton teams before the big event next year from everyone at Compare Holiday Money!

 

 

Posted by Matthew Weston

Matt is a Freelance Writer and Travel Blogger. He also creates editorial and video content for UNILAD. Previously worked for the International Business Times and the BBC's Newsnight.

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