Place of birthMiddlesborough


John Baines made his British 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 Lamin Deen, Andrew Matthews and Toby Olubi in the North American Cup in Park City in 2013, having previously won Europa Cup silver with John Jackson, Stu Benson and Joel Fearon in 2011.

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

John’s first World Championship experience came in 2016 when he finished ninth in the combined bobsleigh and skeleton team event and 11th in the 4-man race with Jackson, Matthews and Brad Hall. 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. 

He missed out on a place at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea but has been selected to push Lamin Deen in this year's World Cup competition as he targets a third World Championship appearance in Whistler.

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