Bruce
Tasker

Performance Coach

Bruce Tasker rejoined the British Bobsleigh programme as a coach during the 2019/20 season, a year after he officially retired as an athlete.

Bruce has stepped back into a programme where he previously enjoyed a stellar sliding career stretching over eight years and two Olympic cycles.

The former 400 and 200 metre runner is an Olympic medallist from Sochi 2014, having won bronze with John Jackson, Stu Benson and Joel Fearon in Russia four years after he made the switch from athletics track to ice track.

Bruce had to wait nearly six years to receive that medal after initially finishing fifth behind two Russian sleds who were later disqualified for doping offences.

As well as his historic Olympic exploits in Sochi, Bruce tasted success on the World Cup, Europa Cup and North American Cup circuits.

He won World Cup silver with his Sochi crew at Lake Placid in 2013 and World Cup bronze with Brad Hall, Greg Cackett and Fearon in Park City in November 2017 and appeared at no fewer than six World Championships.

Having started as a push athlete, Bruce went on to become a pilot, making history at the 2016 World Championships when he drove Fearon to a fourth-place finish in the 2-man competition - Great Britain’s best World Championship result in that discipline for fully 50 years.

Bruce suffered a stroke in January 2018 and was forced to miss the PyeongChang Olympics as a result. He called time on his sliding career in October of that year but has now taken on coaching duties. Prior to rejoining the BBSA, the Welshman coached the Royal Navy bobsleigh team to victory at the Inter Service Championships in Konigssee.