Ryan's cool run in Canada
FORMER Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Club captain Ryan McIvor is home from Canada for a fortnight with plenty of stories to tell about his first international experience in bobsled.
While players come off the bench every few minutes in rugby league, McIvor came from back field to make his debut for Australia in bobsled.
He played centre for Calgary Canucks in a rugby union competition with Heath Spence who had pushed sleds for Australia at two international events.
In bobsled, there is a driver, breakman and two pushers.
"Heath has become Australia's number 1 driver," McIvor said.
"The sport struggles for funding and usually gets champion junior sprinters from Australia to join the team. The sprinters are really good at the sport."
A team was needed to compete in the America's Cup at Park City in Utah and the sprinters couldn't make it in time.
"Heath asked me if I would like to do it," McIvor said.
His first training session was down a hill in competition. The Australian team with one rookie beat some teams home but finished in the bottom half of the placings.
McIvor said the drivers in bobsled were underrated.
"They drive at 130kmh 10cm off the ice parallel to the ground," he said.
"It is pretty crazy and a real adrenalin rush."
As for the possibility of more appearances for Australia, McIvor said he had signed the nomination forms to compete in the sport in Canada.
McIvor likes the lifestyle in Canada which he said was similar to Australia.
"The cold weather is a bit different," he said.
Coming from a family steeped in rodeo tradition, McIvor has twice attended the most famous rodeo in the world, the Calgary Stampede.
McIvor works as a landscape carpenter in Calgary.
"I work for a company which does work in the higher end of the market," he said.