I am Jack Burrows and I am member of 2418 (Sherwood) Squadron, I also short track speed skate for Nottingham Ice Racing Club and compete for Team GB.
I got in to speed skating after watching dancing on ice and asked if I could have a go at ice skating with my brothers. I was taken to the Ice Arena in Nottingham by my parents where we all had a go. I enjoyed it that much that I bugged my mum for lessons on the UK skate programme. After a couple of months of lessons I was spotted by one of the short track coaches Mandy Worth who is also the club coach for Nottingham Ice Racing Club and an ex Olympic medallist.
Mandy asked if I wanted to have a go at speed skating, which I did. At first I didn’t like it due to the boots hurting my feet but after having another go I started to enjoy the thrill of going fast and I joined the club and started to compete in local competitions.
As my skating improved and my times got quicker I qualified for the European Starclass competitions.
In the season 2010/11 I was selected to be part of the Great Britain development squad where I represented Great Britain in Bormio, Italy.
During this season I broke all three British Records that had stood for 8 ½ years, with my records being for the following distances.
222m – 23.143 seconds
333m – 33.240 seconds
500m – 48.05 seconds
I won a few competitions being Junior British Open and Championships Gold Medallist and a Bronze Medallist in the European Junior Championships Finals.
In my current season of 2011/12 I managed to qualify as one of the two spots to go to the youth Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria on the 13th – 23rd January 2012.
At the youth Olympics I got personal best times in the 1000m and in the 500m I broke the British record for Juvenile men that had stood for 11 years with a new time of 45.491 seconds. The last event was a mixed relay containing 2 boys and 2 girls. I was paired with a Chinese Boy and girl, and a Korean girl. We qualified for the relay final as the second fastest team and in the final we won the gold in a time of 4 minutes 21.713 seconds, a first ever Youth Winter Olympic Gold Medal and the only one that team GB got.
This was the best feeling in the world! The support and motivation the Staff and Cadets from 2418 (Sherwood) Squadron have given me has really helped me to achieve my goal but most of all a GOLD Medal.
Cadet Jack Burrows
2418 (Sherwood) Sqn