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Newbury school girl becomes world youth bobsleigh champion

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Newbury school girl becomes world youth bobsleigh champion

ANNABEl Chaffey added a world title to her bobsleigh CV when the Hampstead Marshall teenager scooped gold at the Women’s Youth Bobsleigh Championship in Switzerland at the weekend.The 16-year old was competing at the Omega FIBT Youth Monobob Series...

ANNABEl Chaffey added a world title to her bobsleigh CV when the Hampstead Marshall teenager scooped gold at the Women’s Youth Bobsleigh Championship in Switzerland at the weekend.

The 16-year old was competing at the Omega FIBT Youth Monobob Series at St Moritz in Switzerland and scooped the top prize on Saturday.

She was also named the world’s number one for her age, and the youngest person ever to have competed in the British Bobsleigh Championships, despite only driving the monobobs for a few months.

“I can’t believe I won the St Moritz race and then went on to the win the series,” she said. “It doesn’t feel real, and is a massive confidence boost and motivation to work hard ready for next season and the Youth Olympics.

“I couldn’t have done it without the support I’ve had and the whole experience has just been crazy and very, very exciting. I’m loving every minute of it.”

The Team GB Bobsleigh and Park House School student also won the junior sports personality of the year award earlier this month after being hailed as “the best diver for her age” at the Berkshire Inspiration and Participation Awards.

 

After completing her education she hopes to become a barrister and is now training for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

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