Two figure skaters and one short track speed skater have been selected by the British Olympic Association as part of the British squad for the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) 2022.
Edward Appleby, Elena Komova and Adam Hill Jnr will all compete at the Festival that provides athletes aged between 15 and 18 with one of their first multi-sport experiences and plays a crucial role in the development of young athletes from across the United Kingdom and Europe.
Vuokatti 2022 is the 15th edition of the EYOF and the second time that it’s been on Finnish soil, with Vuokatti also playing host to the festival back in 2001.
Two-time Junior British Champion Ed Appleby became the first British skater to win a Junior Grand Prix medal in 19 years when he won bronze at the Junior Grand Prix Courchevel in August last year.
The 17-year-old from Essex said: ““I’m really looking forward to Vuokatti 2022. It’s an event that I’ve been building up to for a while, so I’m over the moon to be chosen for it.
“My main objective is to have a completely clean skate as I’ve been training a lot for it and I really want to reflect that hard work in my performance. I also want to get a grasp on what an Olympic event is like, as it’s my ambition to compete and qualify for an Olympic Games in the future.”
Joining Ed in the Figure Skating will be two-time Junior British Champion Elena Komova.
Adam Hill will be the British representative in the short track speed skating. He won the 2019-20 British Short Track Speed Skating Championships Junior C category, winning every distance, the 500m, 777m and 1000m, to secure his third national title.