Axe Racing Role: Pilot and Team Leader
Axel was born and raised in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, but only found the sport of bobsleigh in 2014. Prior to bobsleigh Axel had played American football for Division 1 NCAA team the Colorado State Rams. Having tried his hand at numerous different sports including winning a national silver and bronze medal in Taekwondo, as well as competing for the u18 national American football team, it took some time to find his “calling”.
He said “I have always preferred sports with short fast efforts like sprinting, which is why I played American football in place of Rugby. I also like the idea of taking one aspect of a skill and trying to do it really well. So, bobsleigh has allowed me to focus and really find a niche.”
Axel Brown Bobsleigh
Axel is the newest pilot for Great Britain Bobsleigh, and is looking to make an impact at the international level from the very beginning. Having competed in bobsleigh for the last 5 years at varying levels as a pusher, Axel has made the move to become a pilot. Capitalising on a new and improved team structure in an attempt to make positive and lasting changes to the sport.
Axel was a brakeman for Lamin Deen’s team in the 2018/2019 season, winning a 2nd place in the North American cup in both the 2-man, the 4-man and the combined event. He made his World cup debut in early 2019 before narrowly missing out on Olympic selection at the end of the season. As a driver he hopes to be able to pilot both himself and his team to Olympic success.