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Speedskating: Winter Olympic hopefuls join new Short Track Academy

February 1, 2017

Following a selection process through the Need4Speed recruitment campaign last year, which saw over 70 young athletes between 15-18 years old apply, 12 have made history by becoming the first ever members of the GB Short Track Academy.

The young athletes from a mixture of ice disciplines and from across the UK, have been chosen based on talent as well as physical and mental suitability for their journey onto the world class programme which currently includes world record holder Elise Christie.

The Academy is a camp-based programme, and builds on the foundations provided by coaches and clubs, developing a culture of teamwork and excellence, through access to world class coaching and development of each individual’s programme.

The first camp in Sheffield was an opportunity for the athletes to come together for the first time,  get to know their fellow skaters and coaching staff, and to find out what lies ahead. Several of the new Academy members gave their thoughts after the first camp.

The academy includes athletes who have origins from other ice sports including Natasha Nemeth-Knight from a figure skating background, just as current Short Track world record holder Elise Christie did. Natasha said,

“It’s still quite surreal for me still that I have got through all the stages to get here. I’m excited about the future and am learning so much already”.

The full list of Academy members are; Peter Riches, Solomon Prempeh (Aldwych Speed Club), Kyle Ross-Waddell, Rose Happer, Isabelle Roberts, Talya Kaye (Nottingham Ice Racing Club), Ethan Treacy, Niall Treacy, Charlotte Hayward, Natasha Nemeth-Knight (Mohawks Ice Racing Club), Bradley Wills, Branden Marshall (Sheffield Speed Skating Club).

The Need4Speed recruitment drive will be repeated later in the year, again targeting the 15 – 18 age group, and those who are already competent skaters.

The Women’s Sports Magazine





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