Team Role: Pilot and Team Leader
Axel Brown is the pilot for the Trinidad and Tobago Bobsleigh team. He has competed in the sport of bobsleigh for eight years, and competed in the Olympic Games in Beijing 2022.
Axel was born in Harrogate, UK to a British father and Trinidad and Tobagan mother. He only began the sport of bobsleigh in 2014 after having watched it in the Sochi Olympics and thinking “id like to have a go at that”. Before bobsleigh he found success as a Taekwondo national silver medallist in the UK, as well as playing American Football for the GB National Team, and then playing for Division 1 NCAA team the Colorado State Rams.
Axel began bobsleigh as part of the Great Britain team. For the first five years of his career he was a push athlete (Brakeman) and competed on the world cup as well as being a reserve for the World Championships. However, he narrowly missed out on a spot on the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Team.
In his fifth year of competition Axel made the move to become a pilot and started his own team “Axe Racing”. Making the most of an unsettled program in Great Britain he was able to accelerate his progression as a pilot by combining skills both as an athlete but also in organising, funding, and running his own team.
Trinidad and Tobago
After having success with his team in the Great Britain team, Axel found himself the victim of a harassment campaign by other members of the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association that didn’t like that he was doing things differently. Combined with other coaching decisions, this led Axel to explore his dual citizenship in 2020.
Though the COVID pandemic put the brakes on his move to T&T by almost a year, in July 2021 Axel received his passport and was able to reignite and run the Trinidad and Tobago Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association.
In his debut season for Trinidad and Tobago Axel qualified for the Olympic Games, and set a National Record for his performance at the Olympics. As the first team to compete in the Winter Olympics from T&T for over 20 years, they were able to inspire a nation and show what is possible when you’re willing to break the mould and stand by your values.