K-Club Breakfast Speaker – 30th April 2020

Lamin Deen

Pilot - GB Olympic Bobsleigh Team

Lamin Deen, whose family hail from from Sierra Leone started life in London and moved to Manchester’s Moss Side when he was 9years old. Living in a notoriously tough inner-city neighbourhood, he could easily have opted for a life of crime. However, signing up to the Army aged 16 stopped him from throwing his life away. “There were hard times and I could have gone down the wrong road. Fortunately, joining the military helped to mould me and turn me into the person I am today. One minute I was on the streets of Manchester, the next I was in Belfast and Dungannon, behind the picket lines with a shield and getting petrol bombs thrown at you.”

A structured military life gave Lamin the much-needed discipline that would help him in later years as well as allowing him up to experience sports at which he then excelled; athletics, boxing and basketball. He served with the Grenadier Guards in Bosnia and Kosovo and then followed the well-trodden path from sprinter to bobsleigh athlete.

Lamin has enjoyed considerable success in his new sport, making his Olympic Winter Games debut at Sochi 2014, where he finished 19th in the four-man and 23rd in the two-man.  At the 2015 World Championships Deen and his team of Ben Simons, Bruce Tasker and Andrew Matthews finished fifth overall. The first major medal of his career was silver in the four-man at the Whistler World Cup in November 2017. He was selected for his second Olympic Winter Games at PyeongChang 2018, where he finished 18th in the four-man.

“When I was a youngster, I was always getting in and out of trouble. I wasn’t the most disciplined young kid. The Army gave me skills and discipline. There are many similarities between the discipline required in the Army and that required on the bobsleighing track. I owe a lot to the Army and the skills it taught me.”

 

 

K-Club Breakfast Event – Thursday 30th April 2020, 7.30am-10am at the AJ Bell Stadium, 1 Stadium Way, Salford, M30 7LJ.