Scottish Long-Track Speed Skater Scott Anderson is a step closer to achieving his 2018 Olympic ambitions by becoming the British Long Track Champion in the 500, 1000 and 1500m races held in The Hague, Netherlands.
The Dundee-born athlete accompanied over 35 Brits who took the journey to compete in the second ever British championships.
Prior to the competition, Scott spent three weeks in Calgary, Canada achieving a number of personal best times which will eventually allow him to compete in World Cup events later this year.
Scott commented, “I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve made and I’m now really chasing those World Cup limit times.
Overall it’s been a very successful season but hard work never stops. Now I need to work as hard as ever to get over that line and achieve my goals. It’s about to be the most important year yet and I need as much support as possible so I have less worries off the ice and I can focus more on the ice.”
Long-track speed skating is recognised as an Olympic sport right across the world. It’s a sport in which Europe excels with the Netherlands leading the way.
However, there is one country that doesn’t recognise this fast-moving, agile sport and that’s the United Kingdom.
The ambitious twenty-six year-old doesn’t see this as a problem, “My eyes are firmly focused on Gold at the Winter Olympics in Korea in 2018. Funding continues to be an issue for me so we’re always on the look-out for sponsorship opportunities but I’m determined to put my sport on the map for the UK.”