John sets his sights on 2014 Winter Olympics

John Baines is a member of Great Britain's bobsleigh team.
John Baines is a member of Great Britain's bobsleigh team.
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LOCAL athlete John Baines is enjoying life in the fast lane as a member of Great Britain’s bobsleigh team.

The 26-year-old, who lives in Castleford, has set his sights on competing in the Winter Olympics in 2014.

John was in the British bobsleigh team that competed in last weekend’s World Cup in France.

They finished 15th at La Plagne in Sunday’s four-man competition which was won by Germany.

It was a highly-creditable finish for John and his team-mates Joel Fearon, Stuart Benson and the driver John Jackson in the first World Cup they have taken part in together as a team.

John recently competed in the Europa Cup which was held in Germany and Austria. He was the brakeman in both Britain’s two-man and the four-man teams.

The team’s greatest achievement was finishing second in the four-man race at Winterberg, Germany.

The Great Britain team are continuing to train and compete in different competitions including next month’s Americas Cup and the the Winter Olympics in Russia in 2014.

After last Sunday’s race in La Plagne, they have now travelled to Winterberg where they will train throughout this week before taking part this weekend in another World Cup race.

John’s regular job is an ICT technician in the RAF, based at Leeming.

He has been competing in bobsleigh for the last three years.

He competes for the RAF in the inter-services bobsleigh championships and he is also a member of the RAF athletics team where he runs in the 100 and 200 metres sprint races.

After this weekend’s bobsleigh race, he is returning home to Castleford to be with his wife Alexandra for Christmas.

The couple are expecting their first child, a baby boy, in February.

Alexandra said: “John did a lot of sprinting when he was younger and always excelled at the 60 metres. Bobsleigh is all about a quick start because that’s when you generate the speed.”