Success for Sheffield lad who came second in national final

An 11-year-old from Sheffield is celebrating after he shot to second place in a national speed skating championship.'Harry Jessop, from Crosspool, fought off tough competition to finish second in the under 11s category of the British Short Track Speed Skating Championship, in Nottingham.
An 11-year-old from Sheffield is celebrating after he shot to second place in a national speed skating championship.'Harry Jessop, from Crosspool, fought off tough competition to finish second in the under 11s category of the British Short Track Speed Skating Championship, in Nottingham.
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HIS sport is fast and very cool.

And 11-year-old Sheffield lad Harry Jessop is proving to be among the very best there is.

Harry, from Crosspool, fought off tough competition to finish second in the under 11s category of the British Short Track Speed Skating Championship, in Nottingham.

The two-day competition required racing over three different lengths – 500m, which he won; 333m, in which he came fifth after a fall; and a 222m race which saw him come in third.

The three race times are averaged to provide an accumulated score.

Harry, who trains with Sheffield Speed Skating Club at iceSheffield in Attercliffe, was a fraction away from winning the overall tournament which involved competitors from as far as London, Birmingham and Dundee.

He said: “I feel really proud of myself because I haven’t been skating for that long, only 18 months.

“It was a bit hectic rushing around and changing my skates but I did well in the end.

“Speed skating is really important to me – it’s my favourite thing in the world, I just love it. My mum encouraged me to go to my first session and I just wanted to keep on doing it.”

His mum Clare said: “It’s a great sport to be involved in – iceSheffield has a great atmosphere and everyone’s lovely.

It’s good for the children because it teaches them to look out for each other and practise discipline.”

Harry’s skating success comes as Michael O’Dea, Sheffield Speed Skating Club’s oldest member at 67, has qualified for the European Masters Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Holland on Saturday.

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