Tremayne Gilling was originally supported by the GLL Sport Foundation for his bright future in sprinting. Gilling has now transferred over to Bobsleigh, as is taking to the new sport exceptionally well, being selected for Team GB to compete at the Junior World Championships in Germany.
Brad Hall and Tremayne Gilling (partners) were within touching distance of a bronze medal, coming in a respectable 5th place at the Junior World Championships. Hall and Gilling were the third fastest starters and finished the race in a time of 1 minute 52.25 seconds. Germany made full use of home advantage to claim the top three spots. Gilling has now been selected in the Senior World Championship Team for Great Britain.
GB finished fifth in the 4-man event at the last two World Championships in 2013 and 2015, missing out on a bronze medal by just seven hundredths of a second in St Moritz three years ago. Performance Director, Gary Anderson stated, “We have named a strong squad, with as much depth in there as ever before, and we are genuinely excited about the prospect of challenging the world’s best on the big stage.”
All other athletes in the four man squad have Olympic experience, but Gilling makes the squad in his first year of competition since switching from sprinting. A special congratulations have to go to Tremayne Gilling for making the World Championship team so soon after joining the programme.
Gary Anderson also adds, “we always knew Tremayne was quick and we were very keen to get him involved for that reason but he has made huge strides since getting out on the ice for the first time in October. To be included with the best of British this quickly is huge testament to him and to our coaches. Mark Lewis Francis has also done exceptionally well since joining us in September and it was a tough call to leave him out on this occasion. He has worked hard, contributed well to the team environment and shown real promise. Although isn’t involved in Igls, he will still play an important role in the rest of the season and is on track to push for a place in Pyeonchang.”
Here at the GLL Sport Foundation we are very proud that Tremayne has made the transition to Bobsleigh and made such an impact on the national squad already. We wish him the best of luck at the World Championships next month!