Here we go. The pre-Olympic season is upon us. Myself and a hand full of other bobsleigh blokes are 'pushing' it all into the middle and seeing if we can make the big dance - the 2022 Winter Olympics held in Beijing, China.
Whether you are new or a returning supporter, welcome. This page is where you can make a tax deductible donation and help me on our fully self funded journey on this pre-Olympic season with the Australian Men's Bobsleigh team.
Evan 'Dad' O'Hanlon (Pilot 1) - 5x Athletics Paralympic Champion
'Fat' Joe Williamson (Pilot 2/Brakeman) - Track / Beach Sprinting
Dylan 'Dingo' Sorensen (Brakeman) - Track / Beach Sprinting / CrossFit
James 'Jimmy' Newbury (Brakeman) - 4x Aus Fittest Man / 5th 2019 CrossFit Games
Pat 'The Canon' Castelli (Brakeman) - 2x Worlds Strongest Man
Simon Dunn (Brakeman) - Rugby / Bobsleigh
From humble beginnings in the 2018/19 season in a 30 year old sled, last season we managed to qualify for the IBSF Bobsleigh World Championships in Altenberg, Germany. We hope emulate the list our Australian bobsleigh idols that have come before us and go one step further and qualify for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
This will be by far our longest, and most expensive season. $10,000 will cover 10-15% of the entire season, the rest coming from our bank accounts and the generosity of others.
With only a rough plan so far, as dates of races are to be announced, below is what we know will happen:
Late September/Early October 2021 - North American season opens. We will travel to one of the three tracks (Whistler, Park City, or most likely Lake Placid) and commence training for 2 weeks before moving onto the other tracks.
November 2021 - January 2022 - there will be 8 races across the 3 tracks mentioned before. As a team, we will attend all of them.
Mid-Late January 2022 - Olympic spots are announced. From here, we either get on a plane to Beijing or come home.
All donations will go towards sled rental, runs, flights, accommodation, training costs, food, COVID tests and quarantine.
Last year was the first year we travelled and competed during the global pandemic and the costs of Covid testing, while expected, were unexpectedly high and no doubt we will run into this again.
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out and we'd be happy to answer any you may have.