Bobsledding Teams: Jamaica & Nigeria

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In 1988, the world witnessed Jamaica proudly represent their nation in bobsledding at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. An iconic step to becoming the first Afro-Caribbean bobsledding representation at a Winter Olympics in history. The 1988 Jamaican bobsled was made up of Dudley Stokes, Devon Harris, Michael White, Freddy Powell and Chris Stokes.

The actions of these men lead to them being the inspiration behind the making of Cool Runnings. A film that truly transcended cultural boundaries and generation gaps. I witnessed countless faces of people I spoke with light up as they reflect on their fond memories of watching the 1993 fictional film.

Cool Runnings was my introduction to the existence of winter sports; as I'm sure is the case for many others and is the reason I was open to trying snowboarding. I replay iconic moments and quotes like:

"Sanka, ya dead?! Yeah man"

"Feel the Rhythm! Feel the Rhyme! Get on up, it's bobsled time! Cool Runnings!"

The team crashing out of the race but proudly carrying the bobsled over their heads. And, last but not least, scenes of Sanka kissing his lucky egg.

 Source: Daily Mirror

Source: Daily Mirror

Therefore; 20+ years later, why is it still largely considered culturally taboo for people of Pan-African heritage to participate in winter sports? In 2017, I'm still left wondering why this is still the case.

However; it's clear to see that Seun Adigun, Akioma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere didn't get the memo! The female Nigerian bobsled team embark on making history by qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

I'm sure you're thinking... Cool Runnings 2 sequel, maybe?!

The ladies will be the first African country representation for bobsledding at a Winter Olympics. Their journey and story can be followed via their Instagram page @bsfnigeria. 30 years after 1988 in Pyeongchang, South Korea they will look to embark on a similar journey to that of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team.


What can we learn from the 1988 Jamaican and 2018 Nigerian bobsled teams?

ANYTHING is possible and the only boundaries in life are those we set for ourselves! People are have defied the odds in other sports such as; football, rugby, Formula1, tennis, golf and more.

Be Defaint.. Become the Norm!

Written by Dazzle


Urban Shredderz present The Linkup Part 2


Urban Shredderz present The Linkup Part 2

Uh oh, we did it... AGAIN!

Saturday 7th October '17 we continued to dare to be defiant by hosting The Linkup Pt.2 at Snozone, Milton Keynes and SOLD OUT!

Sponsored by East London Printers; check them out for garment printing and embroidery.

A massive thank you all those who have supported Urban Shredderz to-date and contributed to making The Linkup Part 2 bigger and better.. we had more people, longer slopes, longer session times and free nibbles aka mini-fest (which was not made by my wonderful grandparents, this time).

A special shout out to Shmeika and Sheree-Anne for their help on the day; their donation of times was hugely appreciated. Shmeika was responsible for making sure everything was setup correctly, advertising banners were visible, participants knew where to go and the layout of the private room. Sheree-Anne was the artist woman behind the camera taking the excellent photos below.

We had several familar faces; so shout out to Craig, KJ, Lloyd, Jermaine and Idris who have continued to support The Linkup and have caught snow sports bug. Additionally, Craig has travelled from Birmingham on both occasions.

Also, we had a giveaway of an Urban Shredderz snapback and tee; to reward a person with no previous skiing or snowboarding experience willing to be defiant. Therefore, it was a toss-up between a skier and a snowboarder; and the lucky winner was (drumroll please)... Tom (a skier)!

Lastly, we look forward to welcoming more people willing to be defiant at our next event. The Linkup will be returning to the indoors snow-covered slopes of Milton Keynes on Saturday 3rd February 2018. However, if anyone wants to join an Urban Shredderz: Meetup Session please get in contact via


Written by Dazzle



Heads Up: UK Indoor Snow Centres

We want to share information to help people get involved with winter activities. First step is knowing where to go to participate, so below we have listed UK indoor centres with slopes covered in REAL snow.. yes real snow! 

However, as its saying goes "you can take a horse to water, but you can't force it to drink"; so whether its at our events or in your spare time.. get involved, it's FUN!

Last Updated: 10/08/2017

1. Snozone - Milton Keynes


Main Slope: 170m

602 Marlborough Gate,
Milton Keynes MK9 3XS


2. Snozone - Yorkshire


Main Slope: 170m

Colorado Way
Castleford WF10 4TA


3. Snow Factor


Main Slope: 200m

SOAR at INTU Braehead
King's Inch Rd,
Renfrew PA4 8XQ


4. The Snow Centre


Main Slope: 160m

The Snow Centre
St Albans Hill,
Hemel Hempstead HP3 9NH


5. Snowdome


Main Slope: 170m

Leisure Island
River Drive,
Tamworth B79 7ND


6. Chill Factore


Main Slope: 180m

Trafford Quays Leisure Village
Trafford Way, Stretford,
Manchester M41 7JA


7. Middlesborough


Completion: Summer/Autumn 2019

Main Slope: ???m

Dock Street,
Middlesbrough TS2 1QQ



8. Swindon


Completion: TBD

Main Slope: ???m

North Star Avenue,
Swindon SN2 1DY