Experience key for Horsepool and British skaters in Dresden

24 October 2014 / 12:27

Performance director Stuart Horsepool wants his experienced short track speed skaters like Charlotte Gilmartin to lead by example as a host of Brits compete at the Star Class Cup in Dresden.

Gilmartin is the pick of a nine-strong team in Germany having made her Winter Olympic debut in Sochi back in February and where she skated in the 500m and 1500m.

She will be joined by Murray Cochrane, Billy Simms, Josh Cheetham, Aydin Djemal, Jack Burrows, Jonathan Moody, Kathryn Thomson and Jennifer Pickering across a range of competitions.

The event is Dresden is the first of six Star Class Cups to be held this season and performance director Horsepool is expecting the likes of Gilmartin to relay their experience to the team.

“The Star Class Cup provides these young athletes with an opportunity to try out new skills and get into the competition mindset,” he said.

“The skaters have all been with us for varying lengths of time and those with more experience are likely to do better.

“Results aren’t our main driver this weekend though; we are here to gain valuable experience on the international circuit and I want the athletes to focus on developing their racing technique.”

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