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Star Class 2016: Short Track Speed Skating Day 1 Summary

Today skaters from all over the globe took to the ice for the first day of the international Star Class 2016, at the National Ice Centre, Nottingham.

Skating in front of a spirited audience, which included over 3000 school children, was Nottingham based Olympic squad, GB Short Track. Sitting midway through their hectic 2015/16 season, the competition serves as a great opportunity to skate on home soil and inspire future generations of Great British skaters.

One of the day's highlights included the ladies 1500m event. Having put in strong first skates with the heats, GB Short Track's Charlotte Gilmartin, Jennifer Pickering and Kathryn Thomson soared through to the final where Gilmartin and Thomson took podium spots of 1st and 3rd respectively. 

Gilmartin said;

"The atmosphere in the arena was awesome today and the team gets a real buzz from that so it's great to be a part of.

"It was sweet to take a win, and I have been working hard on developing tactics this season.

"I love that we had three GB short track athletes in our final. It shows strong future potential"

Alongside the ladies, the men faced tough competition for their 1500m event. Having skated through to a Senior Men's final which consisted purely of Great Britain and Netherlands skaters, a tight race left Billy Simms in 3rd place behind Netherlands in 1st and 2nd. 

The rest of the squad, including Jack Whelbourne who picked up a penalty in the final of today's 1500m, will skate again tomorrow for the 500m events before a final day of skating on Sunday.

You can watch the competition unfold live on shorttrackonline.info and stay up to date with news by following Twitter: @GB_ShortTrack 


Published: Friday 8th January 2016