Seven of GB Short Track’s podium athletes are in Canada this week ahead of the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, which take place from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 March at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal.
The team of seven includes the five athletes that represented Team GB at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, who since arriving back from Russia the group have had just one rest day before returning to full training to prepare for this, their final international competition of the season.
“The challenge for the team at the Worlds is going to be maintaining the form they showed at the Olympics in Sochi and also getting into the frame of mind to compete one final time this season,” said Performance Director Stuart Horsepool.
“Worlds will be equally, if not more difficult than the Olympics because there are more competitors and more rounds to get through in a shorter period of time. They faced a lot of adversity at the Games, so Montreal is going to be a test of their composure and their ability to bounce back after their struggles in Sochi.”
In contrast to the Olympics, the World Championships take place across just three days of competition, with Elise Christie, Jack Whelbourne, Charlotte Gilmartin and Richard Shoebridge set to compete in all three individual distances; 500m, 1000m, 1500m.
Sochi 2014 Olympian Jon Eley will compete in the men’s 5000m relay alongside Whelbourne and Shoebridge, with fellow relay team mates Paul Stanley from Solihull and Joshua Cheetham (reserve) from Nottingham, completing the line up.
The event schedule for the World Championships is as follows:
Fri 14 March Ladies and Men – 1500 m and Ladies 3000 m Relay, Semifinals
Sat 15 March Ladies and Men 500 m, Men 5000 m Relay, Semifinals
Sun 16 March Ladies and Men – 1000 m, 3000 m, Relay Finals
Due to changes in our schedule, we have made some changes to sessions this Sunday, including adding an extra Parent & Toddler session!
The usual 10.00-10.45am session will still take place, for this Sunday only the session will be moved from the arena to the Capital One Rink.
Plus, there will be an additional Parent & Toddler session in the Capital One Rink, taking place 10.55-11.40am.
All the usual on-ice equipment will be avaliable, plus our expert coaches and rink assistants will be on hand to help your little ones with their first steps on to the ice. Read more about Parent & Toddler skating sessions and see the full list of session times here.
You can book by calling 0843 373 3000 or by calling into Ticketing & Customer Services, National Ice Centre, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.
Please note the 10.00-10.45am session is now fully booked, however bookings are now being taken for the 10.55-11.40 session. We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment!
Please note that today’s Socialice session will not be taking place as scheduled.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. You can check out all future Socialice sessions and public skating sessions on our website.
On Monday 3 March, 70 pupils from Bluebell Hill School and staff from the Capital FM Arena and National Ice Centre will skate a mile around the Capital FM Arena rink in support of Sport Relief 2014.
GB Short Track athletes, including the five skaters that represented Team GB at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, will complete their mile (15 laps) before the main event and will then officially start the challenge for children and staff at 1:40pm.
In order to raise as much money for charity as possible, National Ice Centre coaches take to the ice regularly with children from the School of Ice, Blue Bell Hill, as part of the schools ice skating programme in preparation for a mile of ice skating.
The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.
Matt Bradbury, Sports Development Officer, National Ice Centre said: “With the Winter Olympics having just taken place in Sochi there’s no better time to get the children onto the ice getting active and keeping fit to complete the mile. At the same time as fundraising for such a worthy cause, they can also have great fun with their school mates.”
For more information on skating times at the National Ice Centre visit www.national-ice-centre or to find out more information about the schools programme, please contact Matt Bradbury on 0115 853 3064.
For further information about Sport Relief taking place on Friday 21 March, please visit www.sportrelief.com.