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Long Track Speed Skating looks to the season ahead

The next UK Long Track season is coming up, and there’s a lot to be excited about. Here’s an update from the team:


"Beginning with some bad news that Scott Anderson has decided to hang up his skates as a competitive speed skater.

Having skated previously in Short Track, he made a brave decision to move abroad and pursue his dream in Long Track speedskating.

We and the entire Long Track team wish him all the best in the future. He’s a great attribute to the sport.

The rest of the team’s summer training is currently in full swing, with Cornelius Kersten embarking on a new adventure in Calgary, Canada. He’s due to be competing in the senior World Cups this season – having made the great achievements of making his qualifying times last season. 

Allison Bates is another skater very close to achieving a World Cup Senior time limit as well, and will be continuing her training this season.

Ellia Smeding and Gemma Cooper are beginning their second season now with Siep Hoekstra and Team FrySk, based in Leeuwarden the Netherlands.

Ellia is seeing off a great bout of competition, having skated at the Junior World Cups and World University Games last season. She, also qualified for the Junior World Championships, and has qualified for the Neo Senior World Cups this upcoming season.

Gemma Cooper is very close now to gaining her Senior World Cup limits too, after making the step from Short Track in her home town of Nottingham to pursue a career in Long Track speedskating in the Netherlands.

Samuel Philip Airey is part of Oomssport Mobel Speedskating Team with coach Piet Knip for another season in and around The Hague area of the Netherlands. Having overcome injury, Sam will be competing for once again in the Junior World Cups, together with Peter Riches. Jade Holborough-Kerkvliet will also be competing this year in the Junior World Cups.

Team coach Philip Brojaka is pleased to see so many skaters on the ice this season on the highest of levels in their respected age categories.

He said: ''Disappointing to see Scott leave but it's a bright future for British speedskating with skaters from all ages coming up in the sport. All the best to everyone this season!''

Here at NISA we want to congratulate the entire team on their fantastic achievements last season and wish them the very best of luck ahead of the upcoming year!