Fiona Harrison Bobsleigh Driver

Athlete Profile

Date of Birth : 30th November 1981
Lives : Sheffield
Born :
Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Training Base : English Institute of Sport, Sheffield
Background : Great Britain Athletics Team - Heptathlon & Pole Vault
Strength & Conditioning coach : Mark Campbell
Education :
BSc Geology, University of Leeds
Hobbies :
 Painting, Photography, Wildlife, Digital Art, Fungus Foraying

More about Fiona…

Fiona competed for Great Britain Athletics Team many times over a career in the sport that lasted for fifteen years.  The heptathlon and pole vault were Fiona’s main events in which she has been a National & International Champion on a number of occasions, both as a junior and senior athlete.

Looking for a new challenge Fiona made the switch to bobsleigh and after one year of braking for Great Britain No. 1 team, Fiona is now pursuing a career in the front seat of the bobsleigh.  She began training for bobsleigh in early summer 2009 and ended her first season at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, as part of the GB number one women’s team – a ten month rollercoaster ride!  After the Olympic Games 2010, Fiona decided that she would like to become a driver.  In her first season in 2010-11, Fiona competed in the European Cup and also in a few World Cup races, her highest result being a podium finish in 6th position in the European Cup, St. Moritz.  Fiona ended her first season at the World Championships, Königssee.

Athlete Profile 

Date of Birth : 17th November 1988
Lives : North Marston, Buckinghamshire
Born : Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Training Base : University of Bath
Background : Rugby Union, Athletics, Hockey
Coach :  Kate Eddy
Education :
Physiotherapy, BSc Honours
Hobbies :  Rugby, Music

More about Nikki…

As a youngster Nikki was keen on every kind of sport, mainly athletics and hockey. She represented her country on many occasions as a multi-eventer and in single events, winning medals in South of England competitions. Coming from an athletics background, at university Nikki developed her skills in the rugby game and from there went on to play for Saracens and Thurrock R.U.F.C.  Before rugby became serious, bobsleigh found Nikki and this is where she has channelled her strength and power over the last year. Having recently completed her physiotherapy degree, Nikki can focus soley on bobsleigh this season.

Nikki McSweeney
Bobsleigh breakwoman

Athlete Profile

Date of Birth : 10th January 1983
Lives : Cardiff
Born :
Training Base : UWIC National Indoor Athletic Centre, Cardiff
Background : Gymnastics & Pole Vault
Coach : Scott Simpson
Education :
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
Hobbies :
 Sport and Fitness, Socialising with friends.

More about Faye…

Faye Pittman was a gymnast for 17 years and in that time she competed in numerous international competitions. Faye’s best disciplines were the vault and floor and in 1998 she was Junior British Floor Champion. Faye then took up pole vault which was an exciting challenge as well as competing in the trampoline, gymnastics and athletics at university. These events all required immense speed and power, gymnastic ability and special awareness, and it is these qualities which have enabled Faye to make an excellent transition into the sport of bobsleigh.

Athlete Profile

Date of Birth : 25th May 1989
Lives : Weymouth
Born : Dorchester
Training Base : University of Bath
Background : Athletics - Long Jump & Heptathlon
Coach : Kate Eddy
Education :
Bsc Sport Performance University of Bath, MSc Sport and Exercise,  Nutrition, Leed Metropolitan University.
Hobbies :
 Musical Performances, Volleyball, Winter Sports, Shopping, Socialising.

More about Serita…

2011/12 will be Serita’s first season with the Great Britain Bobsleigh team.  Having made the switch from athletics, Serita hopes to have sucess with bobsleigh in the coming years.  Serita represented England at the age of 15 in Long jump and Pentathlon and Great Britain from the age of 18 in heptathlon in a number of international competitions.  Serita made the switch in the summer of 2011 to seek a new physical & mental challenge.

Mark Campbell

Athlete : Fiona Harrison
Coaching Base : English Institute of Sport, Sheffield
Background :
Lead Coach EIS, Sheffield & former New Zealand Rugby team coach.

More about Mark...

Born and raised in New Zealand, Mark after graduating from undergraduate degrees of Physical Education and a BSc (physiology) then completed a Masters in Physical Eduacation (research focus - neuro-muscular adaptations to strength training) from the University of Otago in Dunedin. 

Having graduated in 1999, Mark then worked for the Human Performance Centre in 2000 and 2001 delivering consultancy services as strength and conditioning coach/sport scientist to a wide array of athletes.  This job included working with many of the athletes involved in the fledgling years of the New Zealand Academy of Sport.

In 2001 Mark was appointed as the Strength and Conditioning coach with the Otago Rugby football union providing service to the National Provincial Championship team in that years competition.  2002 provided the opportunity for a bit of an OE and 10 months in London doing what most kiwis do in London was followed by 10 months at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport, a small satellite centre of the AIS based in the sub tropical climate of Darwin. 

In November of 2003 the opportunity to work in the southern hemisphere Super Rugby Union competition arose with the Highlanders (Otago/Southland based NZ franchise) and a return to Dunedin saw Mark lead the Strength and Conditioning programme for the next 3 ½ years including 4 Super Rugby competitions travelling and competing throughout Australia and South Africa. 

Upon conclusion of his contract with the Highlanders in June of 2007 and appointment as the new Lead Strength and Conditioning coach for the EIS Yorkshire region it was time to move overseas again.  Since being in the Yorkshire region Mark has worked with athletes from boxing, squash, badminton, diving and skeleton and is looking forward to helping to produce Olympic success in 2014.