The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced the 15 athletes selected to represent Team GB at the Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF 2015) from 25th-30th January 2015. Two of those athletes are junior figure skaters, Danielle Harrison and Joshua Brown who are both members of the National Ice Skating Association (NISA).
British Junior Ladies National Champion 2014, Danielle Harrison, 15, from Basingstoke, has been selected to compete in the ladies short and free programmes. Danielle trains in Dundee and is a member of the Basingstoke club. Harrison has previously represented Great Britain in international competitions in Ostrava, Tallin, and Nice.
Harrison said: “I enjoyed a really successful season last year including becoming British junior champion, so I’m excited to test myself against some of Europe’s best young figure skaters. EYOF 2015 will be a great learning opportunity for me and all the other British athletes, and I’m looking forward to being part of a team with competitors from different sports. It’s really exciting to be selected for Team GB for the first time.”
Nottingham figure skater and 2014 British Silver Medallist, Joshua Brown was the chosen athlete to take part in the men’s programmes. Brown said: “I’ve been skating since I was just seven years old, to have the chance at the age of 15 to compete for Team GB and my country, is a dream come true. My overall goal is to one day compete at a Olympic Games so to be able to compete in events such as EYOF 2015 will hopefully give me great experience in a multi-sport event.”
Nick Sellwood, CEO National Ice Skating Association, said: “I’d like to say a huge congratulations to Danielle and Josh, they have both worked very hard this season and it will be great to see them compete in such a prestigious competition. The event will give them their first experience of competing at an Olympic level and we are all looking forward to seeing how they get on in the arena.”
Team GB consists of 15 athletes, all aged 15-17 years old, who will compete across four of the eight disciplines at EYOF 2015; alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating and snowboarding.
The festival will feature the best youth winter athletes from Europe and over 900 athletes from more than 45 nations have been nominated to take part.
Leading the 15 athletes at EYOF 2015 as Chef de Mission will be two-time Olympic gold medal winning sailor Sarah Gosling. Sarah said: “This is a great time to be a young British winter athlete following the success of Sochi 2014 last year. EYOF 2015 provides the perfect springboard for budding winter Olympians to gain valuable experience at a multi-sport event and as part of Team GB.”