Major news in the world of short track speed skating coming from Great Britain ~ Passion/Patin/Vitesse - Passion/Speed/Skating


3 juillet 2018

Major news in the world of short track speed skating coming from Great Britain

UK Sports pulls the plug on its funding of Great Britain’s short track speed skating program.

By Carl Savard
Photo by Martin Holtom

While China invests for the 2022 Winter olympic games by signing one of the best coach on the planet, Canada’s Derrick Campbell, Great Britain's major sport funding entity UK Sports has decided to stop sending money to the short track speed skating program. While the team sure is in a period of transition with many of the men's athletes retiring in the last few years and Charlotte Gilmartin hanging up her skates a few weeks ago, it is hard to imagine how a team could rebuild itself without the financial support of its country.

2017 overall world champion Elise Christie shared her feelings on social media after the announce was made: “ As a programme, we are gutted to announce that our support from UK Sports has come to an end. As a team, we will be working hard to figure out our next steps. We’d like to thank everyone especially UK Sports for everything they have done for us up to this point!” Christie who’s undoubtfully the leader of the Britt’s team will still receive some individual funding from UK Sports as part of a medal program based on her past successes, but the rest of the program is losing its funding alongside bobsleigh, figure skating and wheelchair curling.

While those four sports are losing important financial support, curling, skeleton, ski, snowboard and para-ski have all been awarded more money.

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