Meet The Team: Winter EYOF 2015

Meet The Team: Winter EYOF 2015

08 January 2015 / 11:00

In 17 days Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein will welcome over 900 athletes from 45 nations as the Opening Ceremony of the European Youth Olympic Festival 2015 (EYOF 2015) begins.

Here’s your chance to meet the 15 athletes selected to compete for Team GB at EYOF 2015 – with a mix across four sporting disciplines; alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating and snowboarding.

In total eight disciplines will make up the programme of the week’s action in the Alps and you can read a preview of EYOF 2015 here.

 

Team GB at EYOF 2015

 

Jess Anderson

 

Sport Discipline: Alpine Skiing

Age: 16

From: Hannington, Northamptonshire

Twitter: @jessanderson1

Won the 2012 British Alpine Slalom Championships and Scottish Slalom Championships

Lists Chemmy Alcott and Lindsey Vonn as two of the most influential people on her career so far

 

“It’s a huge honour to be selected and I can’t wait to get out there.”

 

Jordan Fellows

Sport Discipline: Alpine Skiing

Age:  17

From: Walsall, West Midlands

Twitter: @jordfellows1

2014 U18 British Super Comined champion

Anthony Joshua winning gold for Team GB at London 2012 is Jordan’s favourite Olympic memory

 

“EYOF 2015 is going to be a great experience for me and a nice reward to everyone who has helped and supported me in my sport.”

 

Kirsty Guest

Sport Discipline: Alpine Skiing

Age: 17

From: Perth, Perthshire

2014 British U18 Slalom champion

Would like to meet: Andy Murray

 

“Winter sport has grown hugely in popularity since Sochi 2014 and it’s a great time to be involved as a young athlete.”

 

Anna Henderson

Sport Discipline: Alpine Skiing

Age: 16

From: Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire

Twitter: @annahendersonxo

First ever British female ever to win the Trofeu Borrufa Super Combined International U16 Race in Andorra

Learned to ski aged just three on a dry ski slope and was racing at six

 

“With over 900 athletes going to the Festival it’s going to be a huge event and a fantastic week of winter sport.”

 

Sofia Iglina

 

Sport Discipline: Alpine Skiing

Age: 17

From: Limone Piemonte, Italy

Twitter: @sofiaiglina

Two U18 second place finishes at the 2014 British Championships

Describes herself as joyful, stubborn and exuberant

 

“I have worked extremely hard to get where I am and I am proud to be one the athletes representing Team GB.”

 

Euan Kick

Sport Discipline: Alpine Skiing

Age: 17

From: Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute

Twitter: @euankick

British U16 Giant Slalom champion

First Olympic memory was watching Bode Miller win superb combined gold at Vancouver 2010

 

“We all dream of going to the Olympics and EYOF 2015 is the ideal event to help us develop as athletes.”

 

Robert Poth

Sport Discipline: Alpine Skiing

Age: 17

From: Potters Bar, Hertfordshire

Twitter: @robert_poth

First Briton in over 20 years to win the FIS ‘Ski Interkriterium’ Slalom in the Czech Republic in 2013

Was introduced to skiing by his ski racing father aged three and has loved it ever since

 

“EYOF 2015 will be a great learning experience for me and a chance to race against Europe’s best junior skiers and many future Olympians.”

 

Zak Vinter

Sport Discipline: Alpine Skiing

Age: 16

From: Glasgow

Twitter: @zak_vinter

Three time British champion

If he wasn’t a ski racer, Zak would have liked to be a track cyclist

 

“EYOF 2015 will be my first multi-sport event and hopefully one that stands me in good stead for my career and ambitions to compete for Team GB at an Olympic Winter Games.”

 

 

Duncan Gibb

Sport Discipline: Cross Country Skiing

Age: 17

From: Insch, Aberdeenshire

Twitter: @duncangibb97

Made his British FIS debut at Bruksvallarna, Sweden in 2013

Describes himself as determined, competitive and adventurous

“I feel really proud to have been selected to compete in the EYOF 2015. I've put in a lot of hard work to get to the stage I am at now and I feel like it is all justifiable now.”

 

Lynne Gray

Sport Discipline: Cross Country Skiing

Age: 16

From: Hopeman, Moray

Twitter: @lynnehgray

2013 U16 British 5km Classic champion

Listens to up-beat, happy music before competing

 

“It’s going to be an incredible feeling to put on the Team GB kit for the first time and wear the Olympic Rings at the Opening Ceremony.”

 

Beth Maclean

Sport Discipline: Cross Country Skiing

Age: 16

From: Huntly, Aberdeenshire

Twitter: @BethMac333

2013 U18 Girls Rollerski British champion

Favourite food: Dried mango  - “I could live off the stuff!”

“With almost 1,000 athletes competing, it’s going to an amazing week of winter sport.”

 

Josh Brown

Sport Discipline: Figure Skating

Age: 15

From: Nottingham

Twitter: @josh_brown121

Silver medal in the 2014 British Men’s Junior Championship

Inspired to become a figure skater after seeing Torvill and Dean in action

 

“I’ve been skating since I was just seven years old so to have the chance at 15 to compete for Team GB and my country is a dream come true.”

 

 

Danielle Harrison

Sport Discipline: Figure Skating

Age: 15

From: Basingstoke/Dundee

2014 British Ladies Junior Figure Skating champion

Was a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer and carried the flame in Andover, July 2012

 

“I’m looking forward to being part of a team with competitors from different sports and it’s really exciting to be selected as part of Team GB for the first time.”

 

Glen Ironside

Sport Discipline: Snowboarding

Age: 15

From: Unterhaching, Germany

Twitter: @glenironside

Three time British Junior champion in snowboard cross

Describes himself as ambitious, hard-working and happy

 

“Jamie Nicholls is a real inspiration for me and I’ll be trying to take my next steps towards emulating him when competing at EYOF 2015.”

 

Ayla Thidling

Sport Discipline: Snowboarding

Age: 15

From: Shoreditch, London

Twitter: @aylathidling

2014 British Championships Women's Halfpipe champion

Favourite Olympic memory is watching Jenny Jones win snowboard slopestyle bronze at Sochi 2014

“I can’t wait to get out there and put on the Team GB kit for the first time. Winter sport is getting more and more popular in the UK so it’s a great time to be involved as an athlete.”