Ben Macfarlane quick to answer GB skating call

By Graeme Ogston
Published in the Courier : 26.10.10
Published online : 26.10.10 @ 12.02pm

A young Tayside speed skater has been selected to represent Britain at a competition in Italy next month.  Ben Macfarlane (12), a member of Dundee Speed Skating Club, will travel to Bormio to compete in the Alta Valtellina Trophy and attend a training camp with other Team GB members.  Ben’s mum Julie said the youngster was training every day for the event, which begins on November 9, and was “ready and excited.”  She said, “He certainly has put a lot of work into his fitness. He won the Nottingham Open two weeks ago and also the Irvine Open a few weeks before that.  “He trains very hard and he is very competitive. He went to Dresden with Team GB in the summer and he is representing Great Britain at this competition. It is fully funded and there is only one other boy from the UK taking part in it.  “This is a big step up for him competing in Europe and skating for Britain.”  Ben — who lives in Newtyle and is a pupil at Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir — started skating for the club four years ago.  Julie said, “He originally started off playing ice hockey when he was five and he then joined the club to build up his stamina.”  The week before his Italian trip, Ben will travel to France take part in a three-day competition in Rheims.  “He will be representing the club at that competition,” said Julie. “This is his first venture into Europe and we are very proud of him.”

Source: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/Sport/Other/article/6711/ben-macfarlane-quick-to-answer-gb-skating-call.html

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