SFU Bobsleigh & Skeleton AGM


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May 2, 2012
Marketing pitch to recruit new members for the new Bobsleigh & Skeleton sport club at Simon Fraser University

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SFU Bobsleigh & Skeleton AGM

  1. 1. SFU Bobsleigh & Skeleton The first University Bobsleigh & Skeleton program in North America. We are a radical university, are we not? Presentation by athlete: Tink Newman President of SFU Bobsleigh & Skeleton
  2. 2. No previous experience required. We understand that some of you have a “need for speed” in sports. Can you never go fast enough? Sliding sports are only for tough people who love speed and the outdoors. Common sport recruitment comes from: Snowboarding, skiing, gymnastics, dance, snowmobiling, rugby, track and football.
  3. 3. Students from SFU are Jamie McCartney Bobsleigh National Team Kinesiology not afraid to slide. Adam Newton Jane Channell Liza Whitehead Justin Kripps Criminology Geography Health Sciences Bobsleigh Olympic Team Tink Newman Kinesiology Interactive Arts & Technology Olympic Rep for SFU Skeleton Bobsleigh & Skeleton Inter Provincial Development Team Slide 2018 Program
  4. 4. So what is Skeleton exactly? Solo sport with fun times in group sessions Top speeds: 135 km/hr Sled weight: 75 lbs Mechanics: pushing, loading on, driving
  5. 5. Bobsleigh, like the Jamacian team right? Women’s Gold Vancouver 2010 Jusin Kripps Olympic Team Team sport with 2-man or 4-man sleds Top speeds: 150 km/hr Sled weight: 1500 lbs + Mechanics: pushing, jumping in, steering or riding Positions: Pilot (steering), brakeman (pushing & pulling brakes)
  6. 6. Bobsleigh Helmet Speedsuit (for competition) Rental Equipment Provided Skeleton Helmets Bobsleigh Helmets Skeleton sled or Bobsled Skeleton Helmet (Personalized) You will need: Tight fitting, warm, layered clothing Lightweight gloves Track spikes
  7. 7. Whistler is an Olympic track venue and is currently the fastest track in the world. There are track workers, medics, control tower staff to make sure all sliding is as safe as possible. Olympic Silver Medalist Coach, Ivo Pakalns puts your safety as his first priority. There is no trial available, but only to watch. The track corners are number from 1-16, from top to bottom. You start out at corner 11 and will work your way up to corner 7. Competitive athletes will be able to slide higher after special training instruction. Weekend sessions will be available once or twice per month. The Whistler Sliding Centre
  8. 8. Athletic Training Skeleton and Bobsleigh athletes push themelves to be strong and fast. Both the women and men focus on backsquats, deadlifts, bench, rows, power lifting (cleans) and sprinting. Most sliders that are new to the sports focus their first years on learning the correct technique and which exercises are most beneficial.
  9. 9. Olympic Development Skeleton and Bobsled normally take about 8 years to master and compete on the Olympic level. Traditionally the sport recruits athletes when they are in their late teens to early twenties in comparison to figure skating which starts as early as soon as children can walk. For athletic university students, its not too late to get on a path to the Olympics in sliding sports. You haven’t missed the age cut-off.
  10. 10. For people interested in competitive sliding 1. Identify the time and location of the next Talent ID camp you want to attend. www.slide2018.ca www.bobsleigh.ca 2. Start lifting weights in the gym for specific exercises and sprinting. 3. Register to attend a Skeleton school to recieve your liscense to slide higher up on the track. 4. Check out the Bobsleigh Canada Website for team information on PDFs under recruitment.
  11. 11. How will we get to, and stay Whistler? Sliders who would like to attend a session will let the execs know through an existing group on Facebook called the SFU-W (SFU to Whistler transportation). This is a large group of people who all have interests in going to Whistler. The Exec team will help coordinate bookings of sessions and carpooling to the sessions, but you are responsible for your own gas cost. Perhaps when the club grows, we will be able to use funding to help subsidize transportation costs. Inexpensive lodging for weekend trips can be booked at the Athlete Village Lodge or Hostelling International (H.I) also located in the Athlete Village for approximately $35 / night.
  12. 12. Social events are a must. SFU Bobsleigh & Skeleton Execs are planning on hosting some social events this year. Each year we will have the club, the events will become more elaborate but for now: will these do? -Cool runnings: Jamaican Bobsleigh based movie showing. -Going to the pub in Whistler. -Hosting a get-together at the Highland. -Arranging a club night in Vancouver. -Group study sessions in Whistler.
  13. 13. So, at the end of the day, how much will this $8 $100 $12 cost? SFU Bobsleigh & Skeleton annual membership (for this year). Can join just to watch and to join the parties. An annual British Columbia Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BCBSA) membership (covers administration and coaching). Required to slide. per run fee (approx. 4 runs available/night) 1-4 sessions/ month REC Varying costs: -Sprinting Track spikes -Carpooling gas cost ($45 / round trip, to be split through carpooling)
  14. 14. Year 1 - Recruitment and program development. Create recreational and competitive divisons. Year 2 - Train recruited athletes. Develop proper training program using SFU Rec funds and external funding. Year 3 - Apply for Virtual varsity status (pilot program at SFU) This is just the beginning of the legacy at SFU. Contact the club: Tink Newman President SFUsliding@gmail.com