Michael Herbst has taken a brief hiatus from his middle management role in Murray Bridge to represent Australia in the 2018 WSA Sleddog World Championships in Sweden.
Based in the Barossa Valley, Mr Herbst been competing with Siberian Huskies in dryland racing for 30 years and trains with his team of dogs in the Mt Crawford Forest near Williamstown.
Mr Herbst’s colleague Roy Rogers said Swedish media had compared the national sleddog champion’s participation to that of the Jamaican bobsleigh’s team Winter Olympic debut in 1988 – on which the movie ‘Cool Runnings’ was loosely based.
In preparation for the championships – the four day competition kicked off on March 8 – Mr Herbst had been training daily with his dogs.
Mr Herbst has won several Australian national titles as well as a New Zealand national title and is a keen outdoors man, who enjoys road and mountain biking.
Stiff competition will be faced by the national champ who will face competitors from nations with greater snowfall than Australia including Germany, Russia, France, Italy, Norway and of course the host country itself, Sweden.
Mr Herbst’s colleagues at the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure wished him luck ahead of the competition.
We...are so excited that Australian...Michael Herbst (has flown) to Sveg to compete.Sveg 2018 event organisers