Arran
Gulliver

Place of birthBirmingham

Age26
Height6'
Weight93kg

Arran Gulliver is a European Champion, World Championship medalist and a multiple World Cup medalist who has enjoyed a meteoric rise since joining British Bobsleigh in the summer of 2022.

Arran applied to attend summer trials in Bath after seeing an advert on the BBSA’s Instagram account and was immediately identified as having the potential to make a significant impact in the sport.

After taking part in wider BBSA sessions, Arran linked up with Brad Hall’s GB 1 crew for the remainder of the summer and autumn before excelling at BBSA push testing prior to the start of the season. Those efforts saw him travel to a pre-season camp in Germany with Hall and his crew, after which he was selected to the team’s World Cup squad for the 2022/23 sliding season.

He won a gold medal in his first ever bobsleigh race when he, Hall, Taylor Lawrence and Rory Willicombe took top spot in the North American Cup in Whistler in mid November and things got even better when he made his World Cup bow at the same track a fortnight later. Arran again made the podium as he combined with Hall, Lawrence and Greg Cackett to win World Cup silver just a month after he first stepped into a bobsleigh on ice.

A fourth place finish followed in Park City in early December before he won an historic World Cup gold with Hall, Lawrence and Cackett in Lake Placid on December 18th in only his fourth race at any level. That competition also saw GB produce the fastest start time in Run 2 - a remarkable achievement for Arran to be a part of so early in his bobsleigh career and with no prior experience of the sport behind him.

He ended the season with seven World Cup medals in eight races - including three gold after back-to-back successes in Altenberg in January followed top spot in Placid - as he helped Hall claim an historic Overall World Cup 4-man silver and combined bronze.

He made more history when he, Hall, Lawrence and Cackett became the country's first ever European Champions in the second of those races in Altenberg and arguably even greater success followed in February 2023 as he and his team-mates won GB's first World Championship 4-man medal since 1939 with silver in St Moritz.

Injury limited Arran to just one race appearance during the 2023/24 season as he was forced to sit out large parts of pre-season and then recover once more from a separate setback after finishing sixth in the World Cup 4-man in Igls in December.

Before starting bobsleigh, Arran’s sporting focus was athletics and judo. He only began sprinting in June 2021 but has since clocked 10.75 seconds over 100m and 6.89 seconds for 60m. Arran previously competed in judo for 14 years, reaching black belt first dan status and becoming British Schools Champion in 2015. 

Outside of sport, Arran worked as a supervisor for an engineering firm that specialised in height safety equipment on high-rise buildings in the UK. He has a BSc degree in Sport Science and a further diploma in Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation and he worked as a cancer exercise specialist for six months before transitioning into construction at the outbreak of Covid pandemic.

He was due to start training to be a police officer in September 2022 but instead chose to commit to British Bobsleigh with the aim of making the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan Cortina. 

ARRAN IN HIS OWN WORDS...

  • Nickname: Daz (home mates) and A-a-ron (uni mates) 
  • Most likely to be spotted: at the running track
  • Least likely to be found: in the driver's seat of a bobsleigh (at the moment anyway) 
  • Me in three: consistent, perceptive, adaptable 
  • Heroes: my parents - both of whom raised me to be resilient and hard working
  • Random fact: I have a twin sister 
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I'd be a Police Officer