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Bromley Technologies Aids World Championship First

posted 4 Feb 2013, 03:55 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 4 Feb 2013, 03:56 ]
Shelley Rudman created history today by becoming Britain’s first female skeleton bobsleigh to win the sport’s World Championship. The victory was made possible with the assistance of skeleton technology developed and produced by Bromley Technologies Ltd., based on the AMP.

Shelley beat the rest of the field in St Moritz by over half a second, in a sport that usually measures victory in terms of tenths of a second, to finish 0.57 seconds ahead of 2nd placed American Noelle Pikus-Pace and with Canada’s Sarah Reid in third.

Bromley Technologies, based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham have developed and manufactured skeleton bobsleighs for over 12 years and have supplied Shelley with the equipment for all her successes, including the Olympic Silver Medal in 2006 and the 2011/12 Women’s World Cup title.

Bromley supply skeleton sleds and runners to athletes from 23 nations, from countries including Canada, Australia & Japan, and saw their athletes finish in two of the top three podium positions in today’s World Championships

Shelley’s partner and company co founder, Kristan Bromley, himself a triple Olympian and 'triple crown' winner in 2008, begins his own quest for World Championship glory today.

The result is another great success for Bromley Technologies Ltd, who recently won a contract to partner the International Skeleton & Bobsleigh Federation (ISBF) in undertaking pioneering research and development work to design and manufacture the sport's first generation of Paralympic Skeleton sleds.

At the announcement late last year, Richard Bromley, co founder and Director at Bromley explained the importance of securing this contract; "This is a big challenge and opportunity for us to be part of this pioneering stage. We pride ourselves on developing innovative performance equipment with a strong customer support ethos, and we are looking forward to extending this ethos into the Paralympic sports with the ISBF."

The contract raises a number of technical challenges with regards the construction and operation of the skeleton sleds, as the difference in athlete disabilities can affect the weight distribution on the sled and therefore significantly change the centre of gravity and control. Another challenge will be the steering of the sleds, as athletes currently steer using a combination of their shoulders, knees and toes.