It has been a weekend of development for GB Short Track’s junior skaters at the ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
The competition, that took place from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st January in Sofia, Bulgaria, was represented by Great Britain’s Jack Burrows and Jonathan Moody.
The Junior World Championships was a new stage in both skater’s careers and a great opportunity to test their skills against some of their toughest rivals on the junior world scene.
Competing against a total of 91 worldwide male skaters, Burrows left the competition ranked 42nd followed by Moody in 56th place. It has been a huge learning curve for both and a great opportunity for them to experience the world’s best in action.
Reflecting on his first ever Junior World Championships appearance, Jack Burrows said:
“The Junior World Championships was an eye opener to what racing is like at the next level. To be given the opportunity to experience this type of environment was inspirational to say the least. I have one shot next year and I now know what it takes to make the finals.”
Jonathan Moody added:
“It was really interesting to skate in the Junior Worlds competition as it’s the first time I’ve competed against other athlete’s from all around the world, and against skaters of a high standard. I have come away with lots of confidence and feel like I’ve learnt lots.
“I have two more years to skate at the Junior Worlds and I know can put into practice what I have learnt in order to come away with improved results.”
British Short Track Speed Skating Performance Director, Stewart Laing, said:
“While it’s been a steep learning curve for Jack and Jonathan at the Junior World Championships, it’s disappointing not to have achieved the results both skaters are capable of.
“There were some tough rounds and opposition to race against and Jack and Jonathan will continue to work with their coaches on developing their race awareness, decision making under pressure and skating speed.
“Both Jack and Jonathan are talented skaters and will continue to compete in the star class events later this month.”
Full information on the competition results can be found here.
Published 1st February 2016