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Junior British Speed Skaters shine in Star Class competition

This weekend (5th to 7th December) the British Short Track speed skating junior team had a successful weekend competing in the second Star Class of the season.  Young skaters, Jack Burrows and Jennifer Pickering shone this weekend with both athletes bringing home medals.

Nottingham born skater, Jack Burrows was the star of the weekend claiming two Silver medals in the Men’s Junior B, 500m and 1500m. His top class performance over the weekend also landed him with a further victory, taking second place in the Men’s Junior B overall classification.

Stuart Horsepool, Performance Director said: “I’m very pleased with how well Jack skated this weekend and overall, it was his best performance to date. He has put a lot of hard work in to his training and it’s great to see it paying off for him.”

Jennifer Pickering also had a successful weekend skating her way to a Bronze medal in the Ladies 1500m final. Pickering also placed sixth overall in Ladies Junior A classification.  Senior skaters, Farrell Treacy and Murray Cochrane also did well this weekend with both skaters finishing in the top 8 overall in the Men’s competitions.

Stuart added: “Overall the skaters did well and I’m happy with their performance considering that some of the junior skaters haven’t been competing at an international level for very long. The fact that they are bringing home medals at this early stage is very encouraging and I’ll look forward to seeing how they do for the rest of the season.”

The next Star Class event will be taking place from 9th to 11th January in Nottingham. The National Ice Centre will be hosting the international event for the first time giving the public an opportunity to watch the elite skaters compete at their home rink. Tickets are available via the Capital FM arena website.

Jack Whelbourne and Elise Christie will be back competing in the ISU World Cup 3 in Shanghai, China from 13th to 15th December.  To keep up with all of the ISU World Cup action including results click here.