Sprinter Craig Pickering in Bobsleigh World Championships team

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CRAIG Pickering has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Bobsleigh World Championships – just over a month after taking up the sport.

The 26-year-old former sprinter finished 19th alongside pilot John Jackson on his World Cup competitive debut last weekend, but it was enough to convince the national selectors of his ability.

The former European Indoor 60m silver medallist will now represent his country in the two-man event at the World Championships in Switzerland later this month, with the hope of qualifying for next year’s Winter Olympics in Russia.

And Pickering is determined to complete a memorable story by winning a medal at Sochi 2014.

He said: “Competing at the Bobsleigh Worlds means so much to me. On a personal level, this is recognition of the hard work I have been putting in the bobsleigh track.

“Although I have only been involved in the sport for a short period of time, I understand the importance of World Championships, having gone to four different ones in athletics.

“It’s always an honour to represent your country, especially so at such an historic location as St Moritz in Switzerland. I hope to continue making big steps forwards, as my performance levels have yet to reach anywhere near the levels I expect from myself.

“Competing in the two-man at the World Championships, the aim will be to break the top-15.”