Serita Shone: Bobsleigh retirement decision "exceptionally hard"

British bobsleigher Serita Shone
Shone fractured her spine in 2011

Bobsleigher Serita Shone says her decision to retire was "exceptionally hard", after she missed out on Great Britain selection in 2014.

Shone, 25, broke her back in a 2011 training accident but returned to the sport and won bronze with Sian Huxtable at the 2013 British Championships.

However, despite a strong 2014 trials she was overlooked by GB Bobsleigh.

"It was an exceptionally hard decision because I don't like admitting defeat," Shone told BBC Radio Solent.

Serita Shone
"On paper, I should not have been defeated. Whatever political or financial reasons they felt made the other person more selectable has ultimately ended my career."

"After such a successful summer and after doing really well in the trials and finishing top of the pile in nearly every one, I was really confident going into the selection process.

"Unfortunately they decided to select someone else. Although I accept the decision, I do not agree with the decision based on my physical performance during the trials."

Weymouth-based Shone finished first and second at the trials but was overlooked by British Bobsleigh in favour of Nikki McSweeney.

"It was a driver development position, anyone could apply or transfer into it," added Shone.

"Since I've come back into sport, the training I've done has been very driver specific so I had extra skills to take into the pot.

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Shone returns after spine fracture

"That's what hurt the most. I feel I had to work harder than anyone else."

The former heptathlete admitted that funding issues contributed to her decision to retire.

"I've put a lot of time, effort, money and dedication into it, and put a lot of things in my life on hold in order to get to a point where I thought I was selectable," she added.

"Funding is a massive issue and I could not justify the money I was spending and the money others were sponsoring me with if the team weren't selecting me.

"On paper, I should not have been defeated. Whatever political or financial reasons they felt made the other person more selectable has ultimately ended my career."

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