Team GB Curlers Announced For Winter Youth Olympics
The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced the 16 athletes selected to represent Team GB at next month’s Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
Lillehammer 2016, which runs from the 12th – 21st February, will see around 1,100 of the world’s best young athletes descend on Norway to compete in 70 events during 10 days of winter sport action.
Team GB’s delegation will feature in seven of the 15 disciplines that make up the sporting programme; alpine skiing, bobsleigh, curling, freestyle skiing, ice hockey skills challenge, luge and skeleton.
The team includes four bobsleigh athletes, who will compete in the first ever monobob event in an Olympic programme, with each of the four having stepped onto the podium during qualification for Lillehammer 2016.
Four curlers are set to compete across the mixed team and mixed pairs events. They are:
Ross Whyte, 16, Dumfries
Amy Bryce, 17, Kelso
Callum Kinnear, 15, Perth
Mili Smith, 17, Perth
Callum Kinnear said: “It feels amazing to have been selected and this is something I’ve wanted to do ever since watching the Winter Youth Olympic Games four years ago. To finally get selected it just brilliant and it’s definitely the highlight of my career so far. I’ve always looked up to Dave Murdoch and the curlers who won Olympic silver as part of Team GB in Sochi two years ago. It would be great to follow in their footsteps in Lillehammer.”
In other winter sports, Ashleigh Pittaway will look to continue her good form in the skeleton after winning four of the qualification races for the Games, while Lucas Gebuaer-Barrett will be the first luge athlete to compete for Team GB since the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Verity Lewis will put her ice hockey talents to the test in the skills event and five skiers will take on the world’s finest across alpine, slopestyle, halfpipe and ski cross.
Lillehammer 2016 is the fourth ever edition of YOG, which started with Singapore 2010, and will be the second winter Games following Innsbruck 2012.
The Games will also look to offer a wider experience for the athletes, with the youth culture and learning festival ‘Sjoggfest’ running as part of Lillehammer 2016 with over 150 workshops and activities to get involved in.
Team GB at Lillehammer 2016
Yasmin Cooper, Alpine Skiing, aged 17, from Chichester
Iain Innes, Alpine Skiing, 17, Edinburgh
George Johnston, Bobsleigh, 17, Taunton
Annabel Chaffey, Bobsleigh, 16, Newbury
Aimee Davey, Bobsleigh, 17, Chard
Kelsea Purchall, Bobsleigh, 15, Exeter
Ross Whyte, Curling, 16, Dumfries
Amy Bryce, Curling, 17, Kelso
Callum Kinnear, Curling, 15, Perth
Mili Smith, Curling, 17, Perth
Isobel Brown, Freestyle Ski Cross, 16, Ashbourne
Cal Sandieson, Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle, 17, Glasgow
Madison Rowlands, Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle and Halfpipe, 17, Maidstone
Verity Lewis, Ice Hockey Skills Challenge, 16, Twyford
Lucas Gebauer-Barrett, Luge, 17, Tunbridge Wells
Ashleigh Pittaway, Skeleton, 15, Munich