Three members of the GB Short Track Speed Skating world class programme have qualified for the ISU Europa Cup Short Track Speed Skating finals in Hasselt, Belgium taking place from the 24th to 26th March 2017.
Following the success of Elise Christie at the World Championships earlier this month where the 26 year old achieved an unprecedented triple gold medal result, Aydin Djemal, Jack Burrows and Jonathan Moody (pictured), who train day to day with Christie will now compete at the Europa Cup finals. They qualified for the event based on their success at the ISU StarClass series throughout the 2016/2017 season.
At the Europa Cup final, the eight best skaters from each age category of the Star Class series in Western Europe and the Danubia Series in Eastern Europe come together to compete in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m distances.
Jack Burrows, 19, won 500m gold medal in Italy at StarClass 6 and finished there overall silver in the junior men’s competition. It was his second gold medal of the season. He holds the British junior record for the 500m, 41.958 seconds and is currently ranked 3rd in the mens junior A category in the StarClass series. 20 year old Aydin Djemal has won two bronze medals this season in the men's 1,000m, whilst Jonathan Moody,18, won bronze medals in both the 1500m and 1000m junior event at StarClass 4 in the Netherlands. Djemal is 8th in the Mens seniors and Moody is in 8th place in the Mens Junior A rankings.
Burrows, Djemal and Moody will be joined by British club-based short track speed skaters; Solomon Prempeh, Theo Collins and Olivia Weedon from Aldwych Speed Skating Club, and Isabelle Roberts and Sophie Robertson from Nottingham Ice Racing Club. Solomon and Isabelle were both selected for the newly formed GB Short Track Academy in January 2017. The camp based programme is developing and preparing the next generation of Short Track Speed Skaters for the World Class Programme.
Great Britain have a history of success in the Europa Cup finals. Last year in Hungary, Britain’s Kathryn Thomson finished overall silver, she went on to compete at the World Championships this year. Jonathan Moody finished 7th overall in the 1500m and 6th overall in the 1000m event. In the overall rankings Prempeh was 12th and Collins 15th.
Live results of the 2017 Europa Cup finals can be followed here: www.shorttrackonline.info
The USANA British Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2017 will take place at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham on 1st and 2nd April 2017.