Dan Taylor slides to success at Inter-Services Bobsleigh Championships
Chilcompton’s Dan Taylor has set his sights on the British team after impressing for the RAF at the Inter-Services Bobsleigh Championships.
Despite having only taken up the sport in December, Taylor helped the RAF team – who have picked up the wooden spoon several times in recent years – to victory in the team competition.
He then went on to finish fourth in the British Championships the following day, just 1.77 seconds behind winner John Jackson, who is ranked fifth in the world and competes for the Navy team.
Former Norton Hill School pupil Taylor, who was the driver in the two-man competition, now hopes to attend British trials at the University of Bath this summer and said that he was grateful to the RAF for the chance to try a new sport.
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“Considering I’ve only been doing this since December last year, fourth place and not too far behind three British squad athletes was a huge achievement,” said Taylor, who raced alongside brakeman Keith McLaughlin.
“I’m already back into a training programme, with my sights set on trials held at Bath Uni in the summer towards a potential GB team selection.
“I would actively encourage anyone willing to seek a career within the RAF. I can’t imagine myself ever competing within a more diverse range of sports and events than what the RAF has to offer.”
The Inter-Services Championships were held over two weeks at Igls, Austria, with ten days of preparation and practice before the competition took place.
Taylor, was not guaranteed a place in the RAF squad for the main event but he impressed enough in practice to earn one of the four available men’s spots.
His best start time in the competition, which involved fours runs over two days, was 5.51 seconds, just 0.31 slower than Jackson’s typical effort.
Despite difficult conditions due to the earlier luge and skeleton races, as well as melting ice, Taylor and the RAF team overturned the services recent results to beat the Army team to victory by 2.5 seconds.