Jack Whelbourne World Champion

ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships Courmayeur,  Italy  Final Day

Jack becomes first ever British Junior World Champion at 1000m

Jack Whelbourne the 19 year old Speed Skater from Nottingham, surpassed all expectations today by winning the Gold medal in Men’s 1000 meters at the World Junior Championships.  He then added the Silver medal in the 1500m Super-Final and the Silver medal for finishing Second overall in the Championships.

Jack Whelbourne

Jack Welbourne  

At the start of the day Jack had to put the disappointment of finishing first in yesterday’s 500m final only to be penalised for his overtaking manoeuvre on the final lap which many found a very surprising and harsh decision.  However, rather than feeling hard done to, Jack used the disappointment to spur him onto even greater success today.

Jack leaves the Championships with a total of 1 Gold and 3 Silver medals from the 5 possible individual events.

In addition to Jack’s individual success, the Great Britain Junior Team finished 5th overall in the 3000m relay setting a British Junior Record Time in the process.

Stuart Horespool, Great Britain Short Track Speed Skating Performance Director said “Jack is very pleased with his success this weekend and now is going to rest, recuperate and focus on the Senior World Championships where he hopes, with the rest of the team, to bring home even more success competing against the World’s fastest skaters.

The 2011 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships will be held between the 11th and 13th of March at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield.  Tickets can be obtained through the Championships website at www.worldshorttrack2011.co.uk