Jim Galvin closing in on Team GB Winter Olympics spot
JIM GALVIN is one step closer to fulfilling his dream of representing Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
The former Imberhorne School pupil represented Great Britain in his first Bobsleigh World Cup last weekend in Germany, as part of the four-man team that came in 11th.
Galvin was one of the left handle pushers on the team, which consists of a brakeman, a pilot and two pushers.
And he said it was a great experience competing on the notoriously difficult Altenberg track and being surrounded by incredible athletes and coaches.
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The 24-year-old said: "Representing Team GB in such an exciting and unique sport is a dream come true for me.
"And to do it in the World Cup which is like the Bobsleigh premiership, so early in my career, is such an honour."
The former Royal Marine was first scouted at a Military Athletics Competition in 2010 but was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.
He was again invited to attend a Talent ID day conducted by the British Bobsleigh Associating in Loughborough last March.
He continued to progress through the various stages of selection until the final stage in Latvia in September where he was selected for the Europa Cup.
But after further testing over the Christmas period he was moved up to compete at the World Cup.
He said: "When I was selected I felt very proud, it felt like all the hard work this year and in the past with sprinting and the decathlon, has finally paid off, and with a sport I've completely fallen in love with."
This was Galvin's first time on international television as the World Cup was broadcast by Eurosport and he said that was exciting, although he said he had to ignore the cameras and focus on the job in hand.
Meanwhile, Galvin remains quietly confident that he can fulfil his ultimate ambition of competing at the Olympics, with the next Winter Olympics in Sochi just more than a year away.
He said: "If I continue to make the progress me and my coaches believe I can make, then I know I have a great chance."