Nigeria women’s Bobsled Team hits Canada ahead of new season
Nigeria’s Women’s Bobsled Team is bracing up for the challenges, as preparation for the new season started in Calgary, Canada, last Friday.
There has been global attention on the Nigerian Team since the historic debut of the duo of Seun Adigun (Driver) and Akuoma Omeoga (Brakeman) at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, where they became the first African team participate in the category at the Olympics.
Ngozi Onwumere, the third member served as the flag bearer at Pyeongchang.
New Driver, Linda Okoro, kicked off her season driving and training on Friday, and it will run till December 1.
“I’m excited to return to the ice and learn the Calgary track with new brakemen,” she stated.
Interestingly, others will begin trials to secure places in the team as interest has now hit an all-time high.
Training schedule includes push training in the Calgary Olympic Park, ice house, official combine test and track runs on the historic 1988 Olympic Bobsled course.
Accompanying officials include, Adigun, who serves as BSFN Director and Global Ambassador, Olympic Team Chiropractor, Dr. Todd Riddle and new BSFN Head of Performance Training, Victor Omagbemi.
Adigun expressed satisfaction with the renewed interest amongst fresh athletes trying to make the Nigerian Team.
“I am extremely excited to see that there are so many athletes that are passionate about growing the legacy of winter sports in Nigeria. It is beautiful to see others being influenced to contribute to the positive representation and progression of the country,” she said.
In Riddle’s words: “It is undoubtedly a blessing to be back with the team in Calgary for training camp. After such an exciting season and a historic trip to the 2018 Winter Games, a solid foundation has been set for an incredible future both Bobsled and Skeleton teams.