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Swiss Paraplegics Association

Wheelchair Sport Switzerland

Kantonsstrasse 40

CH-6207 Nottwil

Phone +41 41 939 54 11

Fax +41 41 939 54 09

rss@spv.ch  

 

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IBAN CH06 0900 0000 6001 2400 3

 
 
 

Bob

 
 

The history of Para-bobsleigh

 

During the winter of 2002/2003 under the sponsorship of the Utah National Ability Center Aaron Lanningham (paraplegic – USA) and Gary Kuhl (BK leg amputee – USA) were the first two drivers to successfully drive bobsleighs from the top of the track in Park City Utah. Aaron started while seated in his sled and Gary pushed his sled and then loaded in as normal. Gary Kuhl subsequently got his IBSF pilot’s license and competed against able-bodied athletes in the 2006/2007 America Cup Race in Park City. Both Aaron and Gary competed in the same North American Cup Race the following season and in the Calgary North American Cup Race in 2007/2008. Thus began a series of activities leading us to where we are today. Since that time hundreds of descents have been successfully made by athletes with a wide range of disabilities on five different tracks.

 

In May 2014 the IBSF was officially granted the status of IPC Recognised International Federation for Para-Bobsleigh and Para-Skeleton with according rights and privileges. This designation indicates that Para-bobsleigh and Para-skeleton are recognized as candidate sports for inclusion in the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing in 2022. The first official Para World Cup competitions were held during the 2014/2015 season in Park City, Igls and St. Moritz. During the 2015/2016 season Para World Cups were held in Park City, Calgary, Igls and St. Moritz. In March 2016 the first ever Para-bobsleigh and Para-skeleton World Championship took place at the track in Park City, USA. 19 athletes from 9 nations took part in this significant event. The overall success of the Para World Championships was an important milestone for IBSF. In September 2016, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) provisionally accepted the sport of Para-bob (seated) for inclusion in their winter sports programme for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Source: http://www.ibsf.org/de/unser-sport/para-sport)

 
 

The steps to becoming a bob-pilot are described in the following document.

Leaflet (just in german)