Treacy earns GB speed skating call-up for Olympic Winter Games - The Solihull Observer

Treacy earns GB speed skating call-up for Olympic Winter Games

Solihull Editorial 12th Dec, 2017   0

SPEED SKATING: TALENTED skater Farrel Treacy will jet off to PyeongChang next year to represent Team GB at the Olympic Winter Games.

The 22-year-old from Henley-in-Arden is one of five athletes selected by Team GB to compete at next year’s games, and he described the selection as a ‘dream come true’.

Treacy, who will make his Olympic debut, will compete over 1,000m and takes Team GB’s total number of athletes confirmed for the 2018 games to 17 – with ten curlers and two figure skaters already confirmed.

His call-up comes after GB made a number of changes to the men’s team since Sochi 2014, allowing the next generation of British athletes to make a name for themselves at world level.

Treacy said: “This is a dream come true and something I’ve always wanted since starting short track speed skating.

“It’s been an aim for me to get to the Games particularly in the last four years since Sochi.

“There has been heartache and success along the way, so it feels amazing to be selected.”

Short Track Team Leader Stewart Laing said: “We have a really great group of athletes who have performed well this season to be selected for PyeongChang.

“We have a mix of experience through Elise and Charlotte who have been to Olympic Games previously, and first time Olympians in Kathryn, Josh and Farrell.

“This team announcement is an accumulation of multiple years’ worth of work put in by the athletes and the coaches.

“We look forward to finishing our training preparations at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham before heading out to Seoul for our pre Games preparation.”

Team GB Chef de Mission Mike Hay said: “Short track is going to be one the showpiece events at PyeongChang 2018, played out in a country with a huge passion for the sport.

“For our five athletes, competing in South Korea in February will be an incredible experience and just reward for their efforts to qualify and be selected to Team GB for the Winter Olympics.”

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