Terrington St Clement pupil Ellie is crowned British skating champion

Ellie Sooley-Drew Indoor British Champion Speed Skater ANL-151019-124201009
Ellie Sooley-Drew Indoor British Champion Speed Skater ANL-151019-124201009

Ellie Sooley-Drew, 13, is the new British inline speed skating champion.

The youngster, who attends St Clements High School in Terrington St Clement, has enjoyed an outstanding season of competition.

She said: “I found out I was British Champion whilst I was at the Olympic Park in London and it was a feeling of shock.

“I still feel so proud of myself . My brother thinks I am a superstar. It is a great sport and I have made many friends who are also great skaters.”

In March she became indoor British champion, winning 300, 500 and 800 metre races as well as beating the British record for the 2000 metre relay, held in Wisbech.

At the outdoor championships, held at Tatem Park London in June, she claimed three silver medals and a bronze and, just for good measure, a gold in the relay.

The British Marathon Championships were held at the London Velodrome circuit, where she just lost out on a gold medal.

This brings to an end a season which saw another bronze. With the totals for all races it made her overall British Champion, as well as competing in European races and finishing in the top 20.

Added to a series of race wins in competitions against teams from afar as Birmingham, London and Derby, and with a new team (RS Pro Skate), she hopes to go on to bigger and better next year, with more European racing.

“I think if you ask any skater, they would be to skate like Bart Swings,” said Sooley-Drew.

“The plan is to do more and more training as I would like to be more competitive in Europe and maybe one day be European Champion.

“It is hard to find places to train, as we do both on and off skate training.”

Ellie would like to say a very big thank you to all that helped her on the way and an exrtra special big thank you to her school for its support.