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Nicola Minichiello

Nicola Minichiello
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Name: Nicola Minichiello
Sport: Bobsleigh
Role: North American Coordinator and Coach
Organisation: International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation
Nationality: British
Date: Sep 2014

Nicola Minichiello is a retired British bobsledder who competed for GB between 2001 and 2011. She won two medals in the two-woman event at the FIBT World Championships winning a silver in 2005 and making history with a gold in 2009 by becoming the first British female Bobsleigh Driver to win a World Championships.

Competing in three Winter Olympics, Minichiello earned her best finish of ninth in the two-woman event at Turin in 2006. This was also the best ever Olympic result by a GB women’s bobsleigh team.

In April 2011 Minichiello announced her retirement as a driver and took up a position as head development coach at the sport’s governing body, the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation

 

 

Racing the boys in Sports Day at Primary school

Competed in Heptathlon for 8 years representing Great Britain at a variety of competitions at World and European level events before being recruited into Bobsleigh at 23.

Falling in love with the sport I became the British number 1 pilot for over 10 years competing at 3 Winter Olympic Games and in the 2009 World Championships made History by becoming the first British women ever to win a World Championship title.

I started my coaching career in Athletics at my local track at 17, I realised I loved helping other people achieve their dreams in sport but realised without a systematic program it wasn’t working.

Within months I took over and set up a coaching program and development structure managing a team of coaches as well as my own athletes to make sure that athletes of all ages and abilities were catered for and able to achieve their potential.

Being the first Female Head Coach from any country in my sport of Bobsleigh and taking my team (Netherlands) to 4th place at the Sochi Olympic Games earlier this year.

Supporting athletes from smaller Nations to get involved in Ice Sliding sports, especially athletes from African and Asian continents.

Totally!!!, there are only a handful of female Bobsleigh coaches involved worldwide and none of those are currently involved with any National teams.

Yes numerous times, regular jokes, cynicism and sexist comments.

More targeted support for female coaches and support for career transitions. The more coaches are involved especially coaches who also combine their coaching with having a family, the more acceptable it will become for future females to be involved.

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