John
Baines

Place of birthMiddlesborough

Age33
Height6'2"
Weight100kg

John made his GB Bobsleigh debut in November 2011 and has since competed at the Winter Olympic Games and World Championships, plus all three annual bobsleigh circuits.

His World Cup bow came in La Plagne a month after his Europa Cup debut and his first WC top 10 arrived a year later with a ninth-place finish in November 2012 in Park City.

He won gold and silver medals with Deen, Matthews and Toby Olubi in the North American Cup in Park City in 2013, having previously won Europa Cup silver with Jackson, Stu Benson and Joel Fearon in 2011.

John was originally due to compete in the 4-man compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi but a Craig Pickering’s last injury-enforced withdrawal meant he also featured in the 2-man event. He placed 23rd with Lamin Deen in the 2-man competition before coming 19th alongside Deen, Andrew Matthews and Ben Simons in the 4-man race in Russia.

John’s first World Championships experience came in 2016 when he finished ninth in the combined bobsleigh and skeleton team event and 11th in the 4-man race with John Jackson, Brad Hall and Matthews. The 2017 World Championships saw him place 21st with Deen, Matthews and Simons in Kongissee, while his best World Cup result to date is a fourth-place finish in the 4-man event in Lake Placid in January 2016. 

A communications specialist with the RAF, John joined the Forces at the age of 20.