Competition Selections

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.  

2017 GB Short Track Speed Skating Selection Criteria for European Youth Olympic Festival - Erzurum

General information

European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) is positioned for Academy and Club level skaters with a 40:60 ratio for Performance Delivery and Developmental Learning. The rationale behind this positioning is based on the age of skaters at the competition (athletes born between 01/01/2000 and 31/12/2001), age group banding for the competition (a combination of the age categories junior B and C), and the level of international racing experience a skater will have from Great Britain at this point in the Pathway. Therefore, greater emphasis has been given to the Developmental markers compared to Performance factors for the selection policy. 

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).

EYOF Erzurum Selection Policy
A three stage process will be followed to identify athletes deemed of the standard for selection to Represent Great Britain at the EYOF in Erzurum. 

 Stage 1: Athlete EligibilityTo be eligible to represent GB Short Track, athletes must:
  • Be eligible to compete for Great Britain at the EYOF in 2017 and must, therefore, satisfy the eligibility requirements of the European Olympic Committee (EOC), the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the International Skating Union (ISU);
  • Hold a valid, full British passport;
  • Be a member of the National Ice Skating Association (NISA);
  • Not be serving a ban from competition as a result of being found guilty of a doping offence or other breach of ethical conduct, nor be in receipt of a lifetime funding ban from UK Sport;
 Stage 2: Demonstration of Development PotentialDemonstration of ‘Development Potential’ was assessed in athletes across a number of areas.  All athletes performed tests during the Need4Speed assessment days for key areas that align to the ‘What It Takes To Win’ criteria. These tests include:
  • 30m sprint,
  • Repeated Leg Press, 
  • Trunk Assessments, 
  • Shuttle Run Test,
  • Ice Technical Drills,
  • Functional Movement Assessments, 
  • Jump Tests
Athletes were RAGG rated on each of these tests, assigned a numerical score and then placed in rank order. The lowest total score indicating the greatest development potential.

Scoring System:
Gold = 1
Green = 2
Amber = 3
Red = 4
 Stage 3: Evidence of Performance Progression Evidence of Performance Progression was based on athlete personal best times achieved in 500m, 1000m and 1500m during the 2016/17 competition season. Athletes were placed in rank order based on time, irrespective of age.  
 Athlete Nomination Athlete’s Development and Performance ranks were combined to give an overall position rank, which was used to inform nominated athletes to the BOA for selection.