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News: Avi­a­tion stu­dent skates her way into GB squad

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Holly Hoyland
Holly Hoyland

Nineteen-year-old student Holly Hoyland is getting set to compete against junior world champion speed skaters at the ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Italy on 31st January-2nd February.

Skat­ing since the age of just four, Hol­ly who is from Map­per­ley, was spot­ted at the age of nine and asked to join a short track speed skat­ing club. Since then she’s had the chance to trav­el all over the world, from France and Switzer­land to Ger­many, Nor­way and The Netherth­lands. When she flies out to Bormio, Italy lat­er this month, she will not only be one of the youngest com­peti­tors, but she is also the only female from her team to qualify.

Hol­ly works hard to bal­ance her busy train­ing sched­ule with study­ing a Lev­el 3 Avi­a­tion course at Not­ting­ham College. 

Speed skat­ing has been a pas­sion of mine for a very long time, but I also real­ly enjoy my course and I know it’s impor­tant to keep up with my stud­ies so that I have options out­side of skating. 

 — Hol­ly Hoyland

Hol­ly, who is part of the Speed Skat­ing Per­for­mance Pro­gramme, qual­i­fied for the Junior World Cham­pi­onships and for the World Cup team in Mon­tréal, Cana­da in Novem­ber last year com­ing 13th out of 60 in the 1000m race. 

Holly ice skating

It was a real wow’ moment when I realised I’d qual­i­fied. I’m still a junior so I was real­ly chuffed with myself. I’m excit­ed to be com­pet­ing in a senior com­pe­ti­tion at a high­er lev­el with peo­ple who real­ly want to race; it’ll be like step­ping into the real world. 

I’m aim­ing for the 2026 Olympics and these com­pe­ti­tions have real­ly opened my eyes to what I could achieve. 

 — Hol­ly Hoyland

Hol­ly is cur­rent­ly recu­per­at­ing from a hand injury she sus­tained in France dur­ing the Short Track Speed Skat­ing ISU Star Class com­pe­ti­tion. She said: “ The sport can be dan­ger­ous but this is the first major acci­dent I’ve had, and I’m deter­mined not to let it stop me competing.” 

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  • 28th January 2020 (2:33 PM)
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