Moore 'determined' to overcome bobsleigh cuts and make Olympics

From BBC - September 20, 2017

British bobsleigher Mica Moore intends to overcome her 'devastation' at losing funding and still compete at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.

The British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association (BBSA) has withdrawn funding for a women's bobsleigh team five months before Pyeongchang 2018.

Wales' Moore and colleague Mica McNeill still hope to compete, but the team will now have to raise 30,000.

"We are devastated it has come to this," said Moore, 24.

"We were surprised and it is a massive shame but I am still focused on getting to the Olympics.

"It makes me more determined. When you have a setback, it makes it worthwhile to achieve that goal."

The BBSA received 10m in funding from UK Sport in the four-year cycle to Pyeongchang 2018 but suffered a 50,000 cut this summer after the BBC revealed some athletes complained of a "toxic atmosphere" in the sport.

The BBSA intends to continue its financial support of three men's teams on its performance programme, but McNeill has said the "mismanagement of British Bobsleigh" has led to her predicament.

"BBSA have been apologetic for the overspend and it's not as if they do not want us to be there," said Moore, from Newport.

"Mica is dealing with it well, although it is a frustrating situation. It happens to be we were the ones cut which is unfortunate."

A crowdfunding page under the banner 'Team McNeill' has raised more than 13,000 of a 30,000 target.


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