While the rest of Australia has been enjoying the holiday break, NSW Institute of Sport scholar Ash Werner has been in action in Europe for the monobob world series.
Taking to the first competitions of 2022, Ash has taken home a monobob silver and bronze medal and teamed up with brake-woman Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr to take on the two-man events.
Starting back to the World Cup competition last week, Ash took to Sigulda, Latvia to push a new mono personal best time and take 6th place. With a 0.15 PB push, and 0.24 PB down time, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic hopeful achieved the top speed of the day and the second-fastest run of the heats – a track record of precisely 14 minutes.
In the two-woman bobsleigh, she and brakewoman Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr teamed up for their first-ever World Cup start and were the best-placed Australian’s (in 12th place). The result was a personal best World Cup finish for Ash, and the World Cup debut for Toomey-Orr, who is a 5 time CrossFit Games champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist in weightlifting.
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Over the weekend, the duo were back in action representing Australia for their second competition of 2022. Following a 20-hour drive back to Innusbruck, Austria for the Europe Cup series, the powerful team improved their run to finish in fourth place.
The cup results are highlighted by Ash’s individual pushes in the monobob world series events, resulting in her taking home the silver and bronze medals.
Ash currently ranks 17th overall in the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) standings.
For full IBSF World Series Monobob results, see here.
Image credit IBSF International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation.