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Australia's first gaybobsledder sleighs 'em

Meet Simon Dunn – the first out gay guy to represent Australia in the exciting high-speed sport of bobsledding.

Bobsledding involves teams of two or four participants reaching amazing speeds down narrow, twisting ice tracks in a gravity-powered sled.

“I’m the brakemen for Lucas Mata who was Heath Spence’s brakemen at the Sochi Olympics,” Simon tells Same Same.

“I love competing in bobsleigh. The adrenaline rush. Using my strengths from rugby and excelling in a different sport. I love representing my country. And I’m also proud of the fact that I’m the first out gay man in the sport to do so!”

Simon has been training and sliding for the past twelve months, he tells us. “I was approached by a member of the Australian team through my rugby club in Calgary. Rugby is an easy crossover sport to bobsleigh, as the training is similar and the main idea is to run hard and fast.

“My years playing rugby for the Sydney Convicts in Sydney definitely helped my conditioning to be ready for the sport.”

Simon’s been competing in the North America Cup in Utah this weekend, where several nations from around the world compete, some of them with million-dollar budgets. There are past Olympians there too. “It really is an honour to compete along side them,” says Simon.

“After this we have comps in Calgary, Lake Placid and back to Park City.”

See more shots of Simon on his Instagram page here.

Do you dare press play below and get a rider’s-eye view of what it’s like to hit an Olympics bobsledding track? It’s exhilarating stuff:

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Master

Master said on the 20th Nov, 2014

Hot bloke I'd like to root him.

Matt Akersten

Matt Akersten said on the 29th Nov, 2014

He's now crowdfunding for his next bobsledding season: http://www.gofundme.com/bobsleighsimon