We're going for our best ever international performance
Please be part of our dream to achieve a top 5 finish in the world cup and beyond! We're an awesome Aussie team with the potential to be one of the most successful ‘outsider’ bobsled teams in history, Australia’s very own ‘Cool Runnings’, but we need your help so we can buy our own racing Bobsled.
How can it be that the Aussie bobsled team doesn't have a bobsled? Good question! It turns out that a professional bobsled is very expensive and since this isn't exactly the most high profile sport in Australia, funding our training and equipment is very difficult. Despite that, we've been competing for over a decade now and are achieving some pretty amazing World Cup results. We train and compete in Europe every season and have been borrowing or renting a sled since we don’t have our own. Now it’s time to make a big push for our best ever result, and we really need our own bobsled, which is fast, accurate and perfectly matched to our bodies and racing style.
So will you help us to raise the money to buy our own Bobsled? Be part of the ‘flock’ and ‘Cool’ as the Icebirds. Please order one of the campaign Supporter Packs and be sure to share with all your friends by email, Twitter or Facebook. Thanks!
Don’t forget to look out for us on the Ice-track when we slide!
Astrid and the Icebirds team
Who are the Icebirds?
Our team began in 2002 with a handful of mostly Track & Field athletes, willing to leave their comfort zone to pursue a dangerous form of ice racing. Of the original squad of athletes, Astrid Radjenovic (then Astrid Loch-Wilkinson) was selected for the piloting role. She teamed up with National Long-Jump Champion Kylie Reed as brake-woman, and the pair competed at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games with a credible 14th placing.
Astrid returned in 2009 to reform the team, and pursue a path to Olympic Success in Sochi 2014. Along the way, the team qualified and competed at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, despite just starting back in the sport. The team has always ‘punched above its weight’, including medal placing’s in America’s Cup and European Cup level, and top-ten finishes at World Cup level, to the astonishment of international audiences. A real example of great ‘Aussie’ determination.
Since returning to the sport, Radjenovic has built the team from strength to strength, with the 2011/2012 Winter Season being the most successful yet. The team currently has an overall World Cup ranking of 11th and have surged from an overall ranking of 32nd, to 12th, in just 2 years. The team attracts particular attention because we are the only ‘small nation’ in the sport of bobsleigh to place regularly within the top 10. And now, Jana Pittman, world champion hurdler, has joined the team as a breakwoman to see if she can give us that extra push which propels us to a top 5 finish in Sochi! If our recent placing of 7th at the Altenberg, Germany, is anything to go by then we’re on the right track!
The Icebirds are supported by the WISE Foundation (Women in Sport Enterprise) and Sportaroo (Sports fundraising platform)
Contact details :
Astrid Radjenovic Astrid_lw@yahoo.com
Jana Pittman firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Briggs (Team sponsorship) email@example.com
Patrizia Torelli (WISEFoundation) firstname.lastname@example.org