Mica Moore

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Mica Moore
Personal information
CitizenshipBritish
Born (1993-11-23) 23 November 1993 (age 25)
Years active2014–
Sport
CountryWales (2014 Commonwealth Games)
Great Britain (2016–)
Sport4 × 100 metres relay
Bobsleigh
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals2018
Commonwealth finals2014

Mica Moore (born 23 November 1993)[1] is a British women's bobsleigher and sprinter. She competed for Wales in the 4 × 100 metres relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and competed in the 2-women bobsleigh event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Career[edit]

Sprinting career[edit]

Moore is from Newport, South Wales.[2] She began her sporting career as a sprinter, running for Birchfield Harriers and Cardiff Metropolitan University.[3] Moore was coached by her father Lawrence.[4]

In May 2008, Moore won the 100m and 200m events at the under-17 Wales National Championships. Her mother Lolita Moore won the 100m and 200m Masters events at the same event.[5] In May 2014, Moore, Hannah Thomas, Hannah Brier and Rachel Johncock broke the Welsh 4 × 100 metres relay national record at the Loughborough International event.[4] In the same month, she won a bronze medal in the 100m event and a silver medal in the 4 × 100 metres relay event at the British Universities and Colleges Sport Outdoor Championships.[6] Moore competed for Wales in the 4 × 100 metres relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, finishing seventh in the final. The team consisted of Moore, Thomas, Brier and Johncock.[4][7][8] Moore won the 100m event at the 2017 Welsh Athletics Championships.[9] Moore failed to reach the qualifying standard for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[10]

Bobsleigh career[edit]

In November 2016, after failing to reach the 2018 Commonwealth Games qualifying standard in a qualifying event, Moore decided to take up bobsleigh in addition to sprinting.[7][11] In January 2017, Moore and Mica McNeill won the 2-women event at the 2017 IBSF Junior Bobsleigh World Championships in Winterberg, Germany.[7][12] Later in the year, the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association withdrew funding for Moore and McNeill, after deciding to maintain funding only for the British male bobsleigh teams. The pair then managed to crowdfund £30,000, allowing them to compete in the 2017–18 Bobsleigh World Cup events. The money was needed to pay for travel between races for the pair of them, transport of the sled, race fees, insurance and possible medical expenses, among other things, and allowed them to concentrate on trying to win races.[13] As of January 2018, McNeill and Moore have raised over £41,000 to fund their competitions.[14] The pair have the slogan "Powered By The People" written on their sled.[15] Moore and McNeill finished fifth in the 2-women bobsleigh event in Whistler, Canada, which was the best result for a British women's team in the Bobsleigh World Cup for eight years.[16] In January 2018, Moore was selected to compete in the 2-women bobsleigh event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Moore was the team's brakewoman, and McNeill piloted the bobsleigh;[17] their result of 8th was the best ever by a British women's Olympic bobsleigh team.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winter Olympics 2018: Great Britain's team for Pyeongchang". BBC Sport. 25 January 2018. Archived from the original on 6 December 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Newport's Moore to chase Olympic dream in South Korea". South Wales Argus. 23 January 2018. Archived from the original on 24 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. ^ Pearlman, Michael (12 December 2016). "Mica Moore: Welsh athlete targets summer and winter Olympic success". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 15 December 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Penman, Andrew (11 June 2014). "Mica Moore thrilled by Commonwealth Games chance". South Wales Argus. Archived from the original on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Athletics: Moore of the same for Lolita and Mica". Wales Online. 17 May 2008. Archived from the original on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Cardiff Met Athletics enjoy BUCS Outdoors success". Cardiff Metropolitan University. 15 May 2014. Archived from the original on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "Mica Moore: Welsh bobsleigher hopes to reach Olympics despite funding cut". BBC Sport. 20 September 2017. Archived from the original on 22 November 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Athletics: Women's 4 × 100m Relay Final". Glasgow 2014. Archived from the original on 11 May 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  9. ^ Griffiths, Gareth (11 June 2017). "Mica Moore: Bobsleigh star wins Welsh sprint title". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 30 August 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  10. ^ Walford, Jessica (11 February 2018). "The young Welsh woman competing in the Winter Olympic bobsleigh after raising her own funds to do it". Wales Online. Archived from the original on 11 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Mica Moore". British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association. Archived from the original on 24 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  12. ^ "IBSF Junior World Championship Bobsleigh" (PDF). International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation. 28 January 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Mica McNeill says British bobsleighers 'powered by the people'". BBC Sport. 25 September 2017. Archived from the original on 21 December 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  14. ^ "PATH TO PYEONGCHANG: County Durham bobsleigh driver Mica McNeill hails 'people power' after Winter Olympic place is confirmed". The Northern Echo. 23 January 2018. Archived from the original on 24 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  15. ^ Bloom, Ben (23 January 2018). "Winter Olympics 2018: British bobsleigh women crowdfund their way to Korea". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 27 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  16. ^ Hope, Nick (25 November 2017). "Bobsleigh World Cup: Mica McNeill and Mica Moore fifth in Whistler". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 21 December 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Winter Olympics 2018: Mica McNeill and Mica Moore named in GB team". BBC Sport. 23 January 2018. Archived from the original on 23 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Winter Olympics: GB's bobsleigh women hope for funding after finishing eighth". BBC News. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.

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