Aleasha
Kiddle

Place of birthBraintree

Age26
Height5'5.5"
Weight68kg

Before joining the Great Britain Bobsleigh set up, Aleasha had competed at county and English Schools level as an athlete and had won the long jump at the UK Schools Games in 2008.

Aleasha saw a post about an open trial on Twitter while she was working full time in 2014 and has since made a remarkably quick transition into bobsleigh. Having been involved in athletics for a number of years, she wanted a new challenge and she jumped at the chance to try something different, even though she didn’t expect anything to come of it.

She impressed at the trial day and was invited down to Bath the following week and was out on ice that very same season. Her GB debut came in the North Americas Cup in November 2014 and her World Cup bow followed just a month later. She was sixth at the World Junior Championships in February 2015 and 14th at the Senior Worlds in Winterberg the same season.

Aleasha and Mica McNeill came agonisingly close to a medal at the 2016 Junior Worlds when they finished fourth - the same position they had claimed in the Europa Cup race in Konigssee two weeks earlier.

Aleasha was selected to take part in the Accelerated Driver Programme alongside Sian Huxtable at the start of this season as GB Bobsleigh look to turn a brace of brakewomen into top-class pilots, just as they have done with male athletes Brad Hall and Bruce Tasker. 

ALEASHA IN HER OWN WORDS...

  • Nickname: Leash
  • Most likely to be spotted: laughing
  • Least likely to be found: sitting still
  • Heroes: Kelly Holmes and my dad. My dad represented GB in American Football and Kelly Holmes is an inspiration. I watched her win double Olympic gold in Athens and then I read her book and learnt more about how she refused to give up and always kept going
  • Random fact: I used to do Irish Dancing! I competed from about the age of 8-10. I had an Irish teacher in my town and persuaded my friend to come along with me!
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I’d be a nutritionist as that’s what my degree from St Mary’s University is in