LOCAL resident and former Minster School student, 17 year old Freddie Polak is preparing for a busy and exciting speed skating season.
At the start of January Freddie took part in the GB trials selection event for the Junior World Cup and Junior World Championship. He had an amazing few days of racing achieving personal bests (PB) in both the 500m and 1,000m races. Achieving these times, means he has been selected for the Junior World Cup in Holland in February and the World Championships in Poland in March.
The same weekend he also competed at the British championship’s winning all three distances – 500m, 1,000m and the 1,500m – this time gaining another PB, which made him the outright winner to claim the Junior Men’s British title.
His greatest achievement however came just before Christmas, where he and his team mate Willem Murray from West Bridgford have been selected for the Junior Winter Olympic Games in South Korea later this month – one of only 36 athletes to be chosen to represent the country. He leaves on the 14th January and will be competing in the short track speed skating events including 500m, 1,000m and 1,500m and a mixed nationality relay race.
Freddie trains full time as a member of the Junior Great Britain squad at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham. His training schedule consists of six days on and off ice training and one rest day. On ice is two hours every morning and his off ice work includes; gym, imitations, and bike work. He is at the ice rink most days from 7am until 4.30pm.
Good luck Freddie, we are all cheering you on!