Will Golder: Great Britain bobsleigh driver retires

Will Golder
Will Golder never raced for Great Britain at a Winter Olympics

Great Britain bobsleigh driver Will Golder has retired from the sport.

The 26-year-old from Jersey after suffering a stress fracture in his heel.

He has since suffered injuries to his hip and hamstring, forcing him to miss the past year of training.

"I've had 12 months of injury and I just have to consider my future. And at 26, three years before the next Olympics games, I had to make a decision," he told BBC Radio Jersey.

"It's not easy being away for 12 months, when it comes to making decisions like this you weigh up everything that's going on.

"Going into 2018 I'll be 30 years old and if I then go on to get injured I'll be in exactly the same position where I am now, so I made a decision based on my future."

Will Golder
"I made the decision at 26 to spend the next four years developing my career, rather than risking being in the same boat I'm in now when I'm 30."

Golder was first exposed to the sport when Jersey's then-Lieutenant Governor Sir Andrew Ridgway, who is currently chairman of British Bobsleigh, set up the Jersey Bobsleigh Club in 2006.

Golder has been the most successful member of the club, racing in the Europa Cup and British Championships.

Performance director of GB Bobsleigh Gary Anderson said: "Will has been a real asset to British Bobsleigh during his career, always showing dedication and often putting the team before himself.

"Everyone from British Bobsleigh wishes Will all the best in his next career move."

Golder says it was planning for his future which made him decide that now was the right time to give up the sport.

"I have a sport management degree and I want to be involved in the whole side of performance sport," he explained. "So going forward I made that decision at 26 to spend the next four years developing my career, rather than risking being in the same boat I'm in now when I'm 30.

"I've got to take confidence in making this decision, it was never easy, and as prepared as I was to make decision, when it came down to it, to actually say the words to my performance director and my sponsors was very tough."

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