Saturday 17 August, 2019

GoFundMe launched to secure US$80,000 to employ coach for Jamaica's bobsleigh team

Three years ago the Jamaican bobsleigh team vowed to return to the 2018 Winter Olympics after missing out on the two-man final in Sochi.

The Jamaicans are now preparing for a return to the Winter Olympics. However, they are unable to afford a coach because of financial constraints.

The group seeking the fund through GoFundMe posted that “we are in the midst of our training. With trust in God, and each other, we are working as hard as we can; however, we are missing one thing - a coach. We have the talent, the discipline and the determination needed to contend in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

“Please support our efforts to raise enough funds to hire a coach. A coach is there to guide you, challenge you and push you when you think you have nothing more to give. They believe in you, when you don't believe in yourself.”

The 2018 Winter Olympics will mark Jamaica’s 30th anniversary, since the team’s Calgary debut and the group said, “with a coach on staff we believe we can not only contend for a medal, but also bring a medal home, and commemorate this outstanding achievement.” 

The GoFundMe campaign is aiming to raise US$80,000.

Of the targeted amount, the campaign has so far raised $235 from four donors in a one day.

At the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Jamaica pilot Winston Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon finished in a time of 58.17 in the third heat, their best run overall, to leave them last in 29th, 6.50 seconds off the lead.

Jamaica was making a return to Olympic competition after a 12-year absence.

Following that Olympics, Watts said Jamaica intend to compete in both the two-man and four-man events at the next Games, and even send a women's team to South Korea.



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