This weekend Great Britain’s Short Track Speed Skating team were in Dordrecht, Netherlands for their final competition before the World Cup Series kicks off later this month. Among those competing was Charlotte Gilmartin who has shown great promise for the season ahead, finishing 7th overall.
The Holland Invitation Cup, which took place from 10th to 11th October, was Charlotte Gilmartin’s first international competition of the new season. Day one saw Charlotte lead the way for Team GB and she found herself in the 1500M finals where she came first in her group, racing against skaters from Hungary, Germany and the Netherlands. Charlotte gave a good performance finishing 4th overall in the distance.
Day two was another successful day for the 25-year-old who found herself race through to the finals of the 500M. Competing against skaters from Poland, Germany and the Netherlands Charlotte once again proved she is back in the game for the 2015/16 season, coming 4th overall in the distance.
Alongside Charlotte, Great Britain’s Richard Shoebridge also reached the 500M finals. The Holland Invitation Cup is also Richard’s first international competition of the new season and a competitive race saw him finish 7th overall in the distance.
GB Short Track Coach, Nicky Gooch, said:
“Our GB squad have faced their toughest rivals at the Holland Invitation Cup but the weekend has given all our skaters valuable opportunity to practice and work on their racing skills. With the World Cup Series next on our radar it will be back to training to prepare for their next appearance.”
Representing Great Britain at the Holland Invitation Cup was Billy Simms, Richard Shoebridge, Murray Cochrane, Farrell Treacy, Paul Stanley, Charlotte Gilmartin, Jennifer Pickering and Elise Christie.
For full results listings including more information on each of the skater’s results to date visit ShortTrackOnline.info.
The World Cup Series is the next fixture for GB Short Track and kicks off in Montreal, Canada from 30th October to 1st November.
12th October 2015