Weymouth Bobsleigh Star Serita Shone Talks to Wessex FM
8:36am 29th April 2013
(Updated 8:51am 29th April 2013)
Wessex FM has been catching up with Weymouth Bobsledder, Serita Shone, after her return to competition following serious injury.
Serita fractured her spine in two places whilst training for the British championships in 2011, yet last month she managed to return to her sport to win a bronze medal.
In 2011 there were fears that Serita may never walk again, let alone compete. So taking part in the British Championships this year which were held in Igls (Austria) was a massive achievement.
We caught up with Serita who is the ambassador of Ocean Spa on Portland, whilst she was getting her nails done at the venue.
She told Wessex FM how important the win last month will always now be for her, "It's one that will hopefully stay quite the forefront of my mind with things that go on forwards, because I know how hard I had to work to get to that point to be able to compete, let alone be in a position where I was able to take a medal home! So that will always be a really important achievement for me".
However, she is now competing as the driver instead of as the brakewoman of the sleigh. Serita told us this was partly to do with the fact she knew it was within her capabilities, partly because she had experience driving through motorsports with her Father's Weymouth based company, and finally "because I wanted to take responsibility for my own self. Having been in the back before and been through the accident I now want to be at the front to prevent that from happening to me or my brakeman."
Living in Weymouth, Serita said the support after her accident was amazing, "Local people have been great, I had a lot of letters, a lot of cards posted through the door from people who know me well, and a lot of well wishes through the media and the local networks that I have within the town. It was really nice to know that people genuinely care, because often when you're rushing around working in the areas that I work in, you don't often interact with people all the time."
So what now? Serita told us that to take part in the 2014 Winter Olympics is a goal of hers but it's an "ongoing challenge that I'm having to train for and pass all the fitness tests etc. So if it happens... fantastic, but if not I'll try not to take it to heart considering everything that's happened. My long term aim is 2018."
She's currently training and hoping to take part in the World Junior Championships this December. As she often runs along Weymouth seafront, you may see her.