Bob ace Walker’s wary of Whistler

PAULA Walker will be looking to maintain her fine early season form when she competes in the third round of the Bobsleigh World Cup in Canada today.

The Blackburn pilot, with brakeswoman Gillian Cooke, currently lie eighth in the overall standings after a sixth place finish in Lake Placid and ninth in Park City last weekend.

Walker is in her second full season as the Great Britain number one pilot having burst on to the scene with a 10th place finish in the number two sled at the 2012 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The 25-year-old former St Bede’s High School pupil is happy with her progress so far this season but is wary of the Whistler track in Canada, having crashed twice in practice this week.

“Whistler is an entirely different beast but I think GB is making a great progression and is right on track for the Olympic Games,” said the former World junior champion. “Things don’t happen over night but we are going in the right direction.’’ Kristan Bromley will also be in action on the Canadian course in the Skeleton Bob World Cup.

The 40-year-old double World Cup winner and former World champion has opened his campaign with indifferent results.

Bromley, from Waterfoot, was sixth in Lake Placid but could only manage an 11th place finish in Park City seven days later.

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