Press Release: Annabel Chaffey makes Team GB

PRESS RELEASE: Thursday, 28 January 2016

  • 17 Year old Annabel Chaffey for Hampstead Marshall near Newbury will be representing Great Britain at the Youth Winter Olympics in Lillehammer this year.
  • Annabel, who trains alongside her A’level studies has just ranked the second fastest bobsleigh driver in the world for her age group.

Annabel Chaffey makes Team GB
Annabel Chaffey makes Team GB

17 Year old Annabel Chaffey from Hampstead Marshall near Newbury is to represent Great Britain in the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics in February at Lillehammer.

Annabel became world number one in Womens’ Bobsleigh at the end of the 2014/2015 and has just returned home from the most recent in this round of qualifiers at St Moritz. The series of qualifiers have seen Annabel travel to Igls, Inns’ Bruck, and Lillehammer to name a few places, and saw her finish second for her age group in the World.

Annabel, who had never even contemplated a career in Bobsleigh, was originally spotted for her potential at the sport by Head of PE at Park House School at the end of 2013. Since then Annabel has gone from strength to strength becoming the youngest ever British female Bobsleigh Driver, Sports Personality of the Year for Berkshire and now second in the world in her age group.

Derek Peaple, Headteacher at Park House School said “Annabel's achievement represents one of most special of Park House student achievements. In securing her goal of becoming a Youth Olympian she has epitomised so many of the values associated with the Games. She is an inspiration to us all at school and her amazing achievement is so thoroughly deserved. We now wish her all the very best for the Olympic Final in Lillehammer on the 20th February”.


Notes to Editors:

  • Park House is a secondary School and Sixth Form of 1,000 students ranging from 11 to 18 years of age. Consistently performing in the top 15% nationally for A Level and AS Level results, the School is the Centre of Excellence for Teaching Computer Science for the South of England. Holding Academy status enables Park House to enjoy the freedom to receive independent investment to offer students more opportunities. In 2012 Park House was the only academic institution to be awarded the ‘Inspired By 2012’ Mark by the Cabinet Office.