Place of birthLuton


John Stanbridge joined the British Bobsleigh programme in the summer of 2020 and has gone on to pilot British sleds at both World Cup and World Championship level.

John enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2023/24 as he registered four wider podium places and a further five top ten finishes on the Europa Cup (EC) circuit before moving up to World Cup competition.

He was sixth in a brace of EC 2-man races in Lillehammer in November 2023 and sixth twice more in Sigulda the following month, having never previously finished higher than 12th prior to the start of the season.

John made his World Cup debut in St Moritz when he finished 19th in the 2-man with Alex Cartagena in January 2024 and the pair improved their position by five spots a fortnight later in Lillehammer.

Selection for his first World Championships in Winterberg followed in February as a 23rd place alongside Jens Hullah brought the curtain down on by far the best year of his career to date.  

John initially trialled for GB as a pilot in 2019 but had already committed to competing for New Zealand as a brakeman on the North American Cup and Europa Cup circuits.

An Aircraft Avionics Engineer in the Royal Air Force, John maintains Rotary and fixed wing aircraft and served in Afghanistan in 2009, 2012 and 2013.

A keen all-round sportsman, John has a background in football, rugby and athletics, with his introduction to bobsleigh coming through the RAF back in 2010.


  • Nickname: Stanners
  • Most likely to be spotted: eating
  • Least likely to be found: at the opera
  • Me in three: determined, resilient, friendly
  • Hero: Alan Shearer
  • Random fact: I've travelled to more than 25 different countries
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I would be a licensed RAF Voyager Engineer