Bobsleigh - Athlete Pickering targets top 15 on debut

Craig Pickering insists the importance of the upcoming bobsleigh World Championships isn't lost on him after being selected to partner John Jackson in the two-man event.

Bobsleigh - Athlete Pickering targets top 15 on debut

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ATHLETICS Craig Pickering

Pickering is no stranger to the global stage and, as well as competing as a sprinter at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, he attended four different World Championships during his athletics career.

However last month he ditched sprinting in favour of bobsleigh and, following swiftly on from his World Cup debut, the 26-year-old has been handed a World Championship call up.

Pickering's bow pushing Jackson in the two-man event at the last World Cup in Koenigssee saw them finish 19th, the pilot's second worst result this season after a 23rd at the opener in Lake Placid.

He will perform the same role at the World Championships in St Moritz which take place just over a year until the Winter Olympics begin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Jackson, being pushed by Bruce Tasker, failed to finish the two-man event at last year's World Championships in Lake Placid with Pickering aiming for the top 15 in Switzerland.

"Competing at the bobsleigh worlds means so much to me," said Pickering. "On a personal level, this is recognition of the hard work I have been putting in the bobsleigh track.

"Although I have only been involved in the sport for a short period of time, I understand the importance of World Championships, having gone to four different ones in athletics.

"It is always an honour to represent your country, especially so at such an historic location as St Moritz in Switzerland.

"I hope to continue making big steps forwards, as my performance levels have yet to reach anywhere near the levels I expect from myself.

"Competing in the two-man at the World Championships, the aim will be to break the top 15."

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