Team Staff

Nicola Minichiello - Head CoachNic2 



Nicola was a leading member of the Great Britain Bobsleigh Team from 2001 and regularly pushed the barriers in terms of what is expected of an athlete from a non alpine nation.
She was the British number one driver for 9 years and competed in three Olympic Winter Games; 2002, 2006, 2010. At the 2005 World championships Nicola won a silver medal, and then made history in 2009 by becoming the first British woman to win the World Bobsleigh championships.
Prior to competing in Bobsleigh Nicola was a top ranked Heptathlete, representing Great Britain for over 8 years at a variety of World and European Championships.
Nicola was always passionate about helping other people and started her coaching career at just 17 years old, whilst still competing as an athlete. She coached Athletics for 8 years working with many top International athletes and then after starting to compete in Bobsleigh in 2001, started to work more in depth in the sport, developing specific speed and power training techniques.

After retiring from competitive sport in 2011 Nicola used her extensive coaching skills and Bobsleigh knowledge to work as the International Development Coach for the International Bobsleigh Federation (FIBT) in the run up to the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games.
In 2012 Nicola took up the role of Head Coach and Head of Performance for the Netherlands Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation, combining her experience and knowledge of sports performance to propel the teams to the best ever results in the history of the BSBN.


Jen2Jenny Birch - Physiotherapist



Jenny qualified 7 years ago and has been the physiotherapist of our the team since january 2012 and have been closely involved in our summer training and will be guiding us towards the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014. Alongside the work with our team, she works at  Coach House Sport Physiotherapy Clinic in Leeds (UK) where she works together with Alison Rose, the leading physiotherapist for athletes in the UK. She was also out at the World Track Cycling Championships in Minsk with the Dutch Cycle team and helping the team out in Mallorca on their winter training camp.

Jenny has worked in sport since she graduated as a physiotherapist in 2006 from St Martin's College and went on to complete a PGCert in Sports Physiotherapy at Bradford University in 2011. Jenny has been lucky enough to travel with GBR Bobsleigh to Italy in 2010 and has spent many years stood at the side of a rugby pitch in the glorious British weather supporting Otley RUFC, Leeds University RUFC and the North Women's Rugby team. These experiences taught her about the joys and pressures of working and travelling with a team, but also gave her time to work closely with athletes on their long term weaknesses which were hindering their performance.

As Jenny is also a personal trainer and gym instructor she has a great interest in functional rehabilitation and core stability, to help further her knowledge in this area she has just completed Level one of the APPI's Pilates course. Jenny wants to make sure each patient finishes their treatment program being strong enough to perform their own personal challenges/ goals whether that be walking to the corner shop or competing in a world championship.

In the small amount of spare time Jenny gets she is usually found getting lost somewhere in the outdoors; running, cycling, surfing or wondering. If you do get an appointment with her, exercise, books, food and cinema are her favourite topics of conversation.She has completed a few triathlon's including 'a day in the lakes' half ironman which will be an experience never to be repeated, but she is always up for a new challenge.

Jo2Jo Manning - Team Manager



Jo has an extensive history in sports management and has worked in the sports industry for over 20 years. She started out as a fitness instructor however rapidly progressed into management taking over the running of her first gym at just 19 years old. She then went on to set up and regionally manage various Fitness & Leisure facilities throughout the UK for over 8 years.

In 2002 she became the General Manager of Great Britain Bobsleigh Association, organising and planning all aspects of the day to day running of a successful NGB. Through the systems she implemented and the links she created with various agencies, she established and managed a system that led to Great Britain winning their first World Championships title for over 45 years.
In addition to the day to day running of the office Jo also worked extensively with the Athletes, managing the team at various International events including numerous World cups and World Championships and the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games.

In 2012 she became Operations Manager for Netherlands Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Luge Federation and is currently working with the teams on the World Cup/Europa Cup circuits with season planning, Logistics and performance technology.