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Cool Runnings continued courtesy of a MINI Convertible

Shanwayne Stephens and Nimroy Turgott of the Jamaican bobsleigh team

Two members of the Jamaican bobsleigh team have got creative during lockdown together while their usual traning facilities are unavailable.

Sled pilot Shanwayne Stephens, 29, and brakeman Nimroy Turgott, 27, have been keeping up their fitness by building their own weight-lifting equipment in the garden and, in place of the prowler they’d be using at the gym, they’ve been pushing their MINI up and down a private road in Peterborough for resistance training.

Recognising the dedication of the duo and with summer just beginning, MINI UK has upgraded their training wheels to a MINI Convertible Cooper, wrapped with the unmistakeable colours of the Jamaican flag so they can continue to drum up support wherever they go.

Shanwayne Stephens and Nimroy Turgott of the Jamaican bobsleigh team

“MINI have always been a part of my life – I currently own a 1992 Austin Mini and my fiancé owns the MINI 3-Door Hatch we’ve been using to train with, so we are extremely excited to have the new convertible training wheels,” said Shanwayne.

“It gives us even more motivation to achieve our goals and we’re grateful that MINI UK has recognised the hard work and focus we have put into our training over the lockdown period.”

Currently training to qualify for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, as well as various competitions across North America and Europe this season, the team’s next major event will be the World Championships in Lake Placid NY in February 2021.

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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