Serita Shone wins bronze on remarkable return to bobsleigh action
Serita Shone capped her incredible injury comeback by winning a bronze medal at the British Bobsleigh Championships last week.
The 23-year-old fractured her spine in October 2011 during a training run crash in Winterberg, Germany and it was feared she would never walk again.
But after returning to training at British Bobsleigh’s base at the University of Bath, Stone completed her remarkable recovery by partnering Sian Huxtable to a third-placed finish in Igls, Austria on Saturday.
“I shed a tear before the race. I was so proud to make it to the start line of my first race,” Stone, who has switched from brakewomen to pilot, told BBC Sport.
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“I’ve had a whirlwind of a year trying to get back to being competitive at an elite level. I’m really happy.
“Sian has been so supportive coming out here to partner me and she ran really well on the back of the bobsleigh.
“To be on the podium in my first British Championships as a novice driver with only a handful of runs makes me really pleased.”
Vicky Olaoye and Sarah Adams took gold, while Deni Milner and Jo Nightingale finished as runners-up.
John Jackson and Bruce Tasker won the men’s two-man event before teaming up with Stuart Benson and Joel Fearon to claim four-man gold.