Bruce
Tasker

Place of birthLawrenny, Wales

Age30
Height6' 4"
Weight106kg

Bruce has already competed at six World Championships and a Winter Olympics despite having only transferred to bobsleigh from athletics in 2010. He achieved fifth-place finishes as part of the four-man crew at three successive global championships, including the Winter Olympics in Sochi, and was a member of the silver medal winning team at the World Cup event in Lake Placid in 2013.

Bruce joined the Accelerated Driver Programme alongside Brad Hall and Ben Simons at the start of the 2014/15 season and secured a brace of top 20 placings in the World Cup in his debut campaign as a pilot, as well as an eighth-place finish on the Europa Cup circuit in La Plagne. He then made history at his first World Championships as a driver when he and Joel Fearon secured GB's best 2-man World Championship result for 50 years by finishing fourth in Igls in February 2016.

Bruce drove on the World Cup, North American Cup and Europa Cup circuits in 2016/17, winning a silver medal in the latter in Altenberg with Toby Olubi in December and a securing a trio of podium places in NAC competition. He placed ninth with Fearon in the 2-man event at the 2017 World Championships and was on course for a top 10 finish in Hall's 4-man sled at the same competition before a crash ended their hopes prematurely.

Before switching to bobsleigh, Bruce was a 400m and 200m runner who competed for and captained the Welsh Athletics team. He gained a GB vest at the Loughborough international and won a hat-trick of junior national titles. He met British Bobsleigh pilot John Jackson while training at the University of Bath and, after some persuasion and initial hesitation due to the amount of time spent away from home and the lack of funding in the sport at that time, Bruce accepted an invitation from Performance Director Gary Anderson to join the squad for a Europa Cup race in Turin and he hasn’t looked back since.

Bruce in his own words...

  • Nickname: Big Tasty/Bigfoot
  • Most likely to be spotted: eating out at a restaurant
  • Least likely to be found: at the opera
  • Me in three: big clumsy oaf
  • Heroes: Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Jackson. Arnie becomes totally immersed in and dedicated to everything he does in order to become successful. I mean the guy managed to become the highest paid movie star without being able to act…genius! Jacko’s work ethic and dedication to training is awesome. On the day he ruptured his Achilles just seven months from the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, he said he would be there on the start block with us. I believed him, and he was
  • Random fact: I make the world’s best scrambled eggs (unofficial)
  • If I wasn’t a slider: if Bobsleigh hadn’t come along, I think I would have pursued a different sport. I always fancied trying track cycling