The 3rd and final Star Class for Junior C&D in Germany happened last weekend and saw medals in every distance, while 4 of the 7 skaters qualified for the season ending Europa Final in Hasselt, Belgium.
Again the Junior C Boys had excellent competitions. On Day 1 Peter Riches (Aldwych) picked up a 1500m bronze medal in a race that had to be restarted, due to ice damage, with just 300m remaining while Peter had been in 1st place.
On Day 3 he backed that up with a 1000m silver medal, only being overtaken in the last 50m. Peter finished 4th overall, securing his place for Hasselt with a 7th place ranking after the 3 competitions.
Solomon Prempeh (Pictured centre - Aldwych) was unfortunate to not make the 1500m A final having accidently thought the race was over with 1 lap to go, but bounced back on Day 2 to smash the rest of the field in 500m and win Gold in a new National Record of 44.808seconds, by far the fastest time of the weekend.
Solomon’s competition got even better on Day 3 with a bronze medal in 1000m, behind Peter, culminating in another bronze medal for 3rd place overall. This placed Solomon 6th after 3 competitions and so gained his spot for the Europa final.
Kyle Ross-Waddell (Nottingham) finished 25th, improving well on last time around and setting a 1000m Personal Best time of 1m42.411s. Kyle finished 35th in the Star Class Rankings.
In Junior D Girls, Sophie Robertson (Nottingham) was 21st overall after being hampered by a bit of an ankle injury, leaving her an excellent 11th after 3 competitions, a great result in her first year of competing at Star Class level.
It wasn’t quite to be for Theo Collins (Aldwych) in the Junior D boys, finishing a good 8th place overall but a couple of falls costing him a chance at medals.
Theo did however manage a 500m B final win for 5th place. Combined with some good results at the other two Star Classes, Theo finished 8th in the rankings, just taking the final qualifying spot for the Europa Cup.
Ollie Rowe (Aldwych) came 16th, his best result of the series, ending in 25th in the final rankings, a very good result for someone who started skating less than 3yrs ago.
Olivia Weedon (Aldwych) ended the Junior C Girls competition 10th in what was a difficult weekend for her including 5 falls and a trip to hospital, thankfully no major injuries though. She did still manage 6th place in the 500m, coming 2nd in the B final.
Over the Star Class series Olivia finishes 10th which should still be high enough to gain her a place at the Europa final.
The Europa final for the top 8 skaters in each age group from Western Europe against the top 8 from Eastern Europe will be the last weekend in March, after the positions for the older age groups have been decided in February, at their final Star Class in Turin.