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The science of speed skating

The science of speed-skating

Speed skating is just about the fastest thing on the ice, with competitors able to reach speeds in excess of 30mph while somehow negotiating fierce bends and their fellow racers.

Sheffield Arena is hosting this year's World Speed Skating Short Track Championships, and a group of young School Reporters from Sheffield Springs Academy went along to put their interviewing and reporting skills into practice.

By Emily & Francesca
Sheffield Springs Academy

On Tuesday 8 March, a group of students from Sheffield Springs Academy travelled to the Sheffield Arena to report on the World Speed Skating Short Track Championships.

We met and interviewed professional Short Track speed skaters, the Great Britain squad coach and Dr David James, a specialist in sport science from Sheffield Hallam University.

Watching world class athletes was an amazing bonus and Dr James spent time to explain to us how they managed to achieve such speed.

He talked about the athletes' equipment and how the choice of blades and suits make them faster. After we had watched them training, we went to meet two speed skaters from the GB squad.

The School Reporters interview two young British skaters
The School Reporters interview two young British skaters

We asked them some questions about their training regime and their hopes for the future.

Emma Blackburn, a local BBC journalist, helped our teacher Mrs Bishton organise the day, she also guided us and filmed this fantastic day.

We were helped by Emma from the BBC for the filming and technical side of the interview. Most of us were quite impressed by the cameras but we soon relaxed.

We learnt about everything sports journalists have to do to in their everyday activity.

It was interesting to see that it took us a few hours to put together a two-minute report. And also how you sometimes need different takes with different scenarios to see which one works best.

The highlight of the day was getting to interview the coach of Team GB. I was really excited because I got to ask him the questions that others would have liked to ask.

I felt really privileged. It was as if I was a real professional journalist and I hope we'll have more opportunities to do this again.

We really enjoyed the whole experience. We learnt a lot about this sport and also about the work of journalists. It was great!

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