There was more success for Great Britain in Short Track Speed Skating at the weekend, as we claimed nine medals at the ISU Europa Cup Final in Oberstdorf, Germany. The competition was the concluding event of the 2014-15 ISU Star Class Cup, which saw the top 16 skaters in each category compete for a place on the podium.
The highlight of the competition was the men’s event, where Murray Cochrane (21) and Farrell Treacy (19) put in strong performances to finish first and third respectively overall in the men’s event. It was a hat trick for both male skaters, who came away with three medals each across 1,500m, 500m and 1,000m.
Cochrane stole the show, claiming the Gold medal in 1,500m, Silver in 1,000m and Bronze in 500m while Treacy took Silver in 500m and Bronze in both 1,500m and 1,000m.
Stuart Horsepool, Performance Director for GB Short Track said: “Murray and Farrell skated exceptionally well in Germany this weekend. They delivered a good performance in all of their distances under the pressure of an international final, which is what it’s all about. I’ve seen a huge improvement in both of them during the season, and this weekend’s performance is definitely the best they’ve delivered.
“Murray has always been very good in training, but he has struggled to deliver in pressured competition environments in the past. His three medals and first place overall this weekend show that he has learnt how to deliver and put it into practice this weekend”.
Nottingham born Jack Burrows (17), who competed in the Junior B category, narrowly missed out on a medal in 1,500m when he finished fourth. He fell in the 500m semi final and banged his back, which led to him spending the night in hospital. He was unable to compete in 1,000m, but still finished in 6th place overall.
18 year old Jennifer Pickering finished 9th overall in the Ladies Junior A category after placing 7th in 1,500m and 500m.
Horsepool added: “Jennifer broke a couple of personal bests in Germany. She has improved by over two seconds in her 500m distance this season, which is a big jump in the sport.
“It was a real shame that Jack got injured as he started off looking really good in 1,500m, but that’s the nature of our sport”.
Murray Cochrane, Farrell Treacy, Jack Burrows and Jennifer Pickering are all part of the National Ice Skating Association’s (NISA) World Class Short Track Programme.
There were also some standout performances from British club skater, Gemma Cooper, who skates for Nottingham Ice Racing Club, based at the National Ice Centre. Gemma came away from the competition with third place overall in the ladies event, after claiming a silver medal in 1,500m and 500m. She narrowly missed out on a medal in 1,000m, where she finished in fourth place.
12 year old Olivia Weedon, who skates for Aldwych Speed Club, won a bronze medal in 500m in the Junior D category.
Horsepool added: “Olivia is only very young, but she skated tactically very well this weekend, and she is very aware of what is happening around her. With performances like this at international level from such a young skater, things are looking bright for the future of the sport.
“Following some outstanding performances at last weekend’s World Championships, this weekend again demonstrates that we are on track to keep delivering results as we continue to improve further. These skaters are the future of our sport, and things are looking very promising. Nine medals in one weekend, including six from the performance squad, is a great achievement”.
A full list of results can be found at www.shorttrackonline.info.