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.  

2017/18 Season GB Short Track Speed Skating Selection Criteria for Junior World Championships 02-04 March 2018 Warsaw Poland

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
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 02-04 March 2018 Warsaw Poland 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. 

 Stage 1: Athlete EligibilityTo be eligible to represent GB Short Track, athletes must:

Be eligible to compete for Great Britain at the Junior World Championship in 2018 and must, therefore, satisfy the eligibility requirements of the GB Short                 Track Speed Skating World Class Programme and the International Skating Union (ISU);
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: Minimum Performance StandardsAn athlete's performances are based on the personal best times achieved in 500m and 1000m, during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 competition season.

Men 500m performance standard, must have skated equal to or faster:
  • 43.500s
Men 1000m performance standard, must have skated equal to or faster:
  • 1:30.000s

Ladies 500m performance standard, must have skated equal to or faster:
  • 46.500s
Ladies 1000m performance standard, must have skated equal to or faster:
  • 1:37.000s
 Stage 3: Demonstration of Development PotentialDemonstration of 'Development Potential' was assessed in athletes across a number of areas.

Podium Potential athletes were assessed in key areas that align to the 'What it Takes Win' criteria. These tests include:
  • Start (Time to 2nd block)
  • Top Speed (Flying Lap)
  • Speed Endurance (7 Lap Time Trial)
All Academy athletes have performed tests during the key areas that align to the 'What it Takes To  Win' criteria. These tests include:
  • Repeated Le Press,
  • Trunk Assessment,
  • Shuttle Run,
  • Ice Technical Drills,
  • Functional Movement Assessment,
  • Jump Tests
If an athlete achieves a Minimum Performance Standard, a performance profile will be completed to fully assess an athletes current performance level and future performance potential. Through this process athletes will be assessed against World Class Benchmarks and the distance away from the WITTW model will be calculated. The Performance Director will take into account these performance profiles when making the final competition selections.