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2017 GB Short Track Speed Skating Selection Criteria for Junior World Championships


Short Track Speed Skating Performance and Development Model

This schematic highlights the competition philosophy for Short Track Speed Skating. In this model competition is a key element for development and learning, however, as an athlete moves up the Performance Pathway, the balance of development and performance shifts. This schematic attempts to position the different competitions for STSS athletes and the importance placed upon them for both ‘Performance’ delivery and ‘Developmental’ learning.  

General information

The ISU Junior World Championships (JWC) will have one selection policy, however, the emphasis for the competition may vary between Podium Potential and Academy level skaters. For Podium Potential skaters this competition is positioned with a 90:10 ratio for Performance Delivery and Developmental Learning, whereas for Academy skaters there is a 50:50 ratio for Performance Delivery and Developmental Learning.


The rationale behind this positioning is based on the performance expectations placed on Podium Potential athletes, which will often see this competition being set as a skaters Milestone Target Competition Event - i.e. the event an athlete will aim to deliver against their performance targets. In contrast an athlete on the Academy will have more development targets and this competition may not be set as their Milestone Event, rather an opportunity to compete and learn during a championship format.  


Prediction of performance at future Olympic Games is captured in the World Class Programme’s ‘What It Takes To Win’ (WITTW) model. This identifies key areas of a skater’s performance that are deemed critical to delivering a medal winning performance in the future. The key areas from the WITTW model can be extrapolated to athletes further down the Pathway and used to highlight the areas for development.


The WITTW criteria will assess the athletes physically, psychologically and technically, under the areas of:

·       Having the ability to skate fast on their own

·       Moving skilfully at a variety of speeds

·       Racing smart

·       Delivering when it matters

The profiling process for pathway athletes against the WITTW model will consider current age and, where relevant, the length of time they have been skating (Training and Competitive age).


Junior World Championships Selection Policy

A three stage process will be followed to identify athletes deemed of the standard for selection to Represent Great Britain at the Junior World Championships.