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GB Short Track speed skating superstars ready for USANA British Champs

Next weekend Great Britain’s Short Track superstars will be heading to the National Ice Centre for the last major competition of this season’s speed skating calendar.

The USANA British Short Track Championships is a chance to see world class athletes and stars of the future battle for bragging rights in a top class facility.

The free event is open to all members of the public and runs from 1st – 2nd April.

GB Short Track Speed Skating Performance Director Stewart Laing said: “GB Short Track Speed Skating has had one of its most successful seasons ever, there have been unprecedented results on the ice at the highest level.

“Elise Christie became the triple world champion, the ladies relay team achieved a British record, and Charlotte Gilmartin won medals across all three individual distances at World Cups and the European Championships.

“With the support from UK Sport, the National Lottery, the English Institute of Sport and National Ice Skating Association, the GB Short Track Academy was launched in January with twelve selected skaters aged 15-18, to prepare and develop them before transitioning onto the world class programme.

“Additionally, a team of four young short track speed skaters were chosen to compete for Team GB at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Turkey.”

With less than a year until the Winter Olympics take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, the USANA British Short Track Speed Skating Championships marks the end of the 2016/2017 competition season.

Stewart added: “The event is for all age groups, and for the younger athletes and academy members who are potential short track stars of the future, it is an important marker and chance to take part in the same event as the world class programme athletes, many of whom have won titles at the British Championships as juniors and seniors.”

“It’s an unmissable opportunity for the British public to see global short track stars in action for free at the iconic venue in Nottingham, as they prepare to qualify for the 2018 Olympics, as well as watch our potential future short track stars.”

European Championship bronze medal winner Charlotte Gilmartin said: “It’s been an amazing season for us. As a team, we've had some fantastic results across the board. Personal bests have been beaten, and I am especially proud of our ladies relay team, as we broke the British record.

“On a personal level, I achieved more finals at world cups than ever before and won medals in all distances across the competitions.

“A highlight was to see Elise Christie have incredible success at the World Championships where she took three titles. Hopefully Short Track is well and truly on the map for British sports fans especially now it’s less than a year to the Olympics. 

“The British Championships are a great way for fans to see us in action, it always seems much faster live! You can see the young talent coming through and the current world class athletes all at the same event.

“This year its extra special, as it’s the last major event of the season before we start preparing for the Olympic qualifiers and I’ll be aiming to qualify for my second Games.”

Full results for the competition will be posted on the NISA website and social media.

Good luck to all of our skaters.