Serita Shone – Bobsleigh

With a background of athletics, motorsport, hockey and rugby, Serita Shone is part of the Great Britain bobsleigh team with her natural ability to handle speed, G force and mental toughness all contributing to her success.

What made you want to become an athlete?

There are a number of reasons really including the glory, sense of belonging, standing out from the crowd, and wanting to achieve something great.

What has been your proudest moment to date?

Winning the ESSA championships.

What does your typical day involve?

During a typical day I will be training between 10am and 2pm. I then have a hydro and ice bath between 3-4pm, before my chill time from 4pm onwards.

Who or what inspires you to get up in a morning?

A desire to achieve something and be someone that people didn’t think I could be.

What do your friends and family think about what you do?

My friends and family are very proud and happy about what I have managed to achieve. They are often inspired by me, and sometimes a little scared about the challenges that I set myself.

How did you get to where you are today?

I took a very academic route with GSCE’s and A-levels followed by my undergraduate degree and a Masters degree.

Looking back, is there anything you would change/do differently if you could?

I would choose to me more independent from the beginning of my career, and to do better at my undergraduate degree.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of following in your path?

Follow your dreams and never have regrets.

How do you use sports science to support your training/performance?

There are a lot of areas of sport science that I use to enhance my training and performance including physiology testing, blood tests, nutrition, physiotherapy and strength and conditioning.

Are there any specific areas of science that you use to help you to maximise your performance?

Physics is very important when in a bobsleigh due to angles, G force, pressure and oscillations. Understanding how gravity and pressure works is extremely important for the driver to learn the course.

What kind of hobbies do you do to relax?

I enjoy going to the cinema, playing musical instruments, having a hot bath, and chilling with friends over dinner.

Have there been any embarrassing moments?

I was once called to the track judge at the end of a 100m National Race to be told that my shorts were too see through!