Place of birthLondon


Joanne (Jo) Ellett joined the BBSA at the start of the 2019/20 sliding season after impressing during summer trials.

A serving member of the UK Armed Forces, Jo represented the British Army Bobsleigh Team for four seasons before stepping up on to the international circuit. 

The first of those seasons was as a brakewoman but she quickly moved to the front seat and has taken on pilot duties ever since.

She made her international debut in the monobob when she finished seventh in Lillehammer in November 2019 and first competed in a Europa Cup 2-woman race for GB in January 2020.

Jo is a multiple British Army Bobsleigh Champion and has excelled in numerous other sports since joining the military in 2008. As well as also representing the British Army in rugby sevens, Jo has worn the colours of the Corps of Royal Engineers in athletics, rugby and football.

Originally from East London, Jo attended Welbeck College before studying Design Engineering at Aston University. Her time at Aston saw her redesign the fit and form of the body armour worn by the Armed Forces.

After graduating, Jo attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 2013 and was commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers in 2014.

Currently the Operations Officer at 1 Royal School of Military Engineering, Jo has also served as a Close Support/Armoured Troop Commander; a Site Commander on a construction tour in Kenya; a Battlegroup Engineer to the 1st Battalion Scots Guards deployed to South Korea; and an Army Engagement Officer. 


  • Nickname: JoJo / Just Jo
  • Most likely to be spotted: spending quality time with my little sis
  • Least likely to be found: sitting still
  • Me in three: stern but soft
  • Heroes: my Grandad
  • Random fact: I used to weigh 108 kgs
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I'd be sat behind my desk at work more often
  • Career highlight: finishing seventh in my first monobob race for GB