A dog sled team from Jamaica is set to race in Scotland. The team, formed with the help of Scottish mushers, will compete at the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally later this month. Devon Anderson, the chief musher, is hopeful of success - even though he has never seen snow!
The squad hopes to go all the way to the dog sled world championships and even the 2010 winter Olympics. That would emulate Jamaica's bobsleigh team which took part in the 1988 Games in Calgary. "We have a lot of talent in Jamaica," Mr Anderson said.
Mr Anderson was in Scotland in the summer when Alan Stewart, the owner of the Cairngorm Sled Dog Adventure Centre, taught him how to run dogs. "I am looking forward to the race and to seeing Scotland again," he said. "It is a new adventure, a new challenge for me."
He was instrumental in setting up a kennel in Jamaica for the country's first dog sled team. At the moment the "sled dogs" are a mixture of labradors, rottweilers and mongrels from the streets. The team is based at the tour operator Chukka Caribbean Adventures and is sponsored by the multi-millionaire country music star Jimmy Buffet, and Bob Marley's record producer, Chris Blackwell.