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McNeill to get some backing; SPORT SHORTS BOBSLEIGH.

BRITISH bobsleigh pilot Mica McNeill will continue to rely on "people power" to fuel her Winter Olympic dream despite forcing an embarrassing funding climbdown by her sport's domestic governing body.

The British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association announced yesterday that it is now in a position to "partially support" McNeill, from Consett, through savings made from the departure of chief executive Richard Parker.

Parker is the third senior figure to leave the BBSA less than five months before next year's Games in Pyeongchang, following performance director Gary Anderson and head coach Dominik Scherrer.

McNeill raised the PS30,000 required to fund her World Cup campaign in less than six days and has already paid out for flights to her team's first World Cup training block in Whistler, Canada next week.

McNeill said: "Everything is still very uncertain with regard to our position and I believe the people-power we have created will still be vital in assisting us to get on ice this season.

"We are still unaware of what level of support we will receive from the BBSA as the funding decision has not been fully reversed.

"It has been exhausting and frustrating - but we need to be able to look ahead."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2017
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