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Spaniards, Canadians, Americans and Australians in Igls, Austria for ParaBobsled World Cup

A row of bobsleds Sleds ready for adaptive sliding in Austria. Image credit: Adaptive Sliding International
Mark Rollkart-Urquhart in an Australian onesie.  He published the picture after losing a bet. Image credit: Mark Rollkart-Urquhart

Mark Rollkart-Urquhart in an Australian onesie. He published the picture after losing a bet. Image credit: Mark Rollkart-Urquhart

The United States and Australia both have teams in Igls, Austria for the  Adaptive Sliding World Cup.  It is the first ever World Cup event for ParaBobsled.  Racers were on the track yesterday, have practice today and after back to racing tomorrow.


The Australian delegation includes Queenslanders Mark Rollkart-Urquhart and Davin Bretherton. Rollkart-Urquhart has competed at the Invictus Games, and is a former member of the Australian Armed Forces.  He is currently a professional adaptive slider, and has competed at some of the first international adaptive sliding events, including one in St. Moritz.  On his first run down the track in Igls, Rollkart-Urquhart was fifth, after having a late entry into the 4th turn and having issues with the transition between corner 9 and 10.  He was 13th after three runs.


Yesterday, American Jason Strum had a crash on the track but came away uninjured.  Despite two good runs after the crash, he missed out of a top position. American Joshua Merryman was 14th after three runs in the bobsled. Dorian Michael Willes, Lance Roop Jr., Steven Jacobo, and Eric E. Eierdam  are other Americans competing in Austria. Alli Morgan is an American adaptive skeleton competitor also competing in Igls.


Canada is represented by Brian McPherson and Lonnie Bissonnette. When McPherson isn’t sliding, the Edmonton, Alberta local works for Iron Pride Excavating.


Israel Blanco was one of the Spanish competitors participating.  He was twelth after three runs.



Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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