Buckinghamshire’s Great Britain bobsleigh racer Nikki McSweeney competed in her first World Cup as a pilot in La Plagne, France, last month.
The 26-year-old, from North Marston, piloted fellow Briton Lucy Onyeforo at the event, which was also combined with the European Championships where the pair finished in 12th place.
Nikki said: “As it was my World Cup debut I was very excited and nervous. Even though it is my first year as a pilot, the coaches believed I was good enough to compete with the best in the world.
“I was competing against pilots who have had four years plus experience on me. Considering this, I was very happy with the result yet a bit disappointed – being very competitive, I wanted to have perfect runs, but I made a couple mistakes.
“However, I am more than happy with the end result of 12th in the European Championships. I really enjoyed competing in the World Cup and had so much fun. I hope that there will be many more races to come next season.”
After competing in her first race in November 2010, Nikki has enjoyed a successful few years in the sport. Last year, she won a bronze medal alongside Mica McNeill at the World Junior Championships, and in 2014, she was crowned British champion.
Next on the agenda for Nikki is the World Cup in Austria followed by the World Championships in Germany.
She added: “As a highly-ranked brakeman, I am needed for the next World Cup in Austria and also the World Championships in Winterberg at the end of February.
“We hope to secure a good finish there to secure funding for the next season where I will be able to continue my piloting career.”
You can follow Nikki’s progress on twitter at https://twitter.com/nikki_bobsleigh.