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Bobsledders launch GoFundMe for new sleds

Published:Friday | December 3, 2021 | 12:11 AMSharla Williams/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica’s bobsled in action at the Sochi Winter Olympics in February 2014.
Jamaica’s bobsled in action at the Sochi Winter Olympics in February 2014.

The Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (JBSF) has launched a GoFundMe account in hopes of raising enough funds to buy new bobsleds to help the team improve its competitiveness ahead of the Winter Olympic Games next year.

JBSF President Nelson Stokes describes the sleds as being expensive.

“A four-man off-the-shelf can cost US$140,000 (almost J$22 million) and it doesn’t even have an engine,” Stokes wrote on the GoFundMe account.

“But this is what we need to win, and we want you to help us to do so by contributing by way of paying for two Monobobs, and one four-man bobsleigh. Like true Olympians, we have set a stretch target of US$194,000 (just over J$30 million).”

He said the team has already acquired some new sleds through sponsorship deals and other ways, but the main goal is to get a new four-man sled as well.

“We would like to add a new four-man sled to our new two-man sleds and to our brand new Monobob sleds to complete the fleet of sleds that we have in the federation,” Stokes said.

Stokes said two Monobob sleds were purchased from the team’s operating budget and they would like to reimburse that.

“We are seeking to raise enough to reimburse the federation of the approximate US$70,000 (almost J$11 million) for the purchase and shipping of the two new Monobob sleds that was taken from the operating budget to fund the capital.”

The GoFundMe was launched on November 21, but the account has only raised US$2,840 (J$442,000) of the target so far.