Junior’s take inspiration from World Championships for season finale

Britain’s junior short track speed skaters will be drawing inspiration from their senior counterparts double medal winning World Championship performance last weekend, as they conclude their own season with the Europa Cup Final in Sofia, 21-23 March.

Three members of the GB Short Track national squad, as well as with two novice skaters have qualified for the event, which is the climax of the six Star Class Cup competitions that have taken place through the season.

Kat ThomsonKilmarnock born Kathryn Thomson, 18, has already medalled at Star Class events this season and feels motivated for her season finale after her teammates success at the Montreal World Championships last week:

“I’m pleased with how my season has gone so far, but seeing how well the team did in Montreal  last week has really motivated me to do my best in Sofia. It’s great to have girls like Elise (Christie) and Charlotte (Gilmartin) on the squad. They’re both so strong on the international circuit and seeing Elise get a silver medal was really inspiring.”

Competing alongside Thomson over all three distances is Farrell Treacy (18) and Nottingham-born Jack Burrows (16). Treacy, who was selected for the National team in 2012, said:

Farrell Treacy“It was awesome to see the team do so well in Montreal. The men’s relay was a great race to watch and it was nice to see them finish on such a high, so I hope I can go to Sofia and also end my season with some good performances.”

Completing the team line up for the Europa Cup Final are Talent ID athlete’s Niall Treacy (Farrell’s younger brother), competing in the 13 & under category and Isabelle Roberts in the Junior C category (15 & under).

Performance Director Stuart Horsepool added: “For these skaters the Europa Cup is about building experience in an international race environment. They will be looking to work on the process of racing and developing skills which will help them in the future, rather than being outcome orientated at this early stage of their careers.”