Young Moorside skeleton bob athlete sets sights on Olympic Games

BROGAN CROWLEY still has her sights on representing Great Britain at the Olympic Games, despite making a recent change of sport.

The 21-year-old from Moorside is looking at the winter as opposed to summer games after being selected to become part of the British Skeleton Talent Squad.

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Brogan in action

And it is quite a change for the former St Chad’s and Hulme Grammar pupil who has represented Great Britain at junior level in heptathlon.

Brogan, who had to quit athletics due to injury, takes up the story about her switch of sport saying: “I had three operations on an ankle injury, and that forced me to stop doing the heptathlon.

“I saw an advertisement for a ‘Power2Podium Day’ and decided to give it a go for the skeleton squad.

“Apparently over 1,000 people applied and, after five trials, I was one of eight to be selected. One has since dropped out so there are now seven of us,” she said.

They were inspired by Great Britain’s tremendous success at skeleton in recent times at Shelley Rudman, Amy Williams and Lizzie Yarnold have all won Olympic medals.

“When you look at the success they had, I have a lot to live up to,” explained Brogan who is having to put her studies at Loughborough University for a degree in English and sports science on hold to pursue her new dream.

She will be based with the British team at Bath and over the next four months has training camps in Latvia and Norway before having her first race at Lake Placid, America, in March.

Brogan, who has already been down skeleton bob runs in Austria and Germany, admits it is an “adrenalin rush”.

She said: “Everyone says I am crazy to be doing that as you are travelling at between 70 and 80 miles an hour.

“It looks worse to watch as, when you are taking part, there is no time to panic. It is really good and I love the adrenalin rush.”

Brogan, who was due to begin the final year of her degree course, will now extend it to allow her to compete and is now scheduled to finish her studies 2017.

As funding is minimal for members of the talent squad, Brogan is appealing for sponsorship.

“As I am away training for so much time, it is impossible to keep a job so I would be grateful for sponsorship as skeleton bob is an expensive sport to compete in,” she explained.

Anybody who can help can email Brogan at brogan.crowley@hotmail.co.uk

 

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