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Ellia Smeding

Great Britain

SportSpeed Skating
NOCGreat Britain
Born16 Mar 1998 in  Oxford
FamilyPartner Cornelius Kersten
ResidenceGroningen, NED
OccupationAthlete, Business Owner, Student
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationLaw - Hanze University of Applied Sciences: Groningen, NED
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.02 22 Feb 2020 Calgary  
    1000m 1:18.12 07 Feb 2020 Calgary  
    1500m 2:01.81 17 Mar 2019 Calgary  
    3000m 4:21.99 20 Jan 2020 Heerenveen  
    5000m 7:56.31 28 Dec 2017 Leeuwarden  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHer partner Cornelius Kersten has represented Great Britain in speed skating at World Cup events. He also ranked 20th in the sprint combination at the 2018 World Sprint Championships in Changchun, People's Republic of China. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Jan 2021;, 17 Dec 2020)  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachSiep Hoekstra [club], NED  
Reason for choosing this sportShe enjoyed inline skating as a child, so she decided to try speed skating and liked it even more.  
When and where did you begin this sport?She moved to the Netherlands from England at age eight, and began skating two years later.  
Club / TeamTeam FrySK: Netherlands  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesA lung infection meant she was unable to compete at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland. (Twitter profile, 19 Feb 2017)  
Awards and honoursShe was flag bearer for Great Britain at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Winter World University Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (BUCS Twitter profile, 31 Jan 2017)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 17 Dec 2020;, 01 Sep 2020)  
Other informationBUSINESS OWNER
In 2019 she and her partner Cornelius Kersten set up a single-cup filter coffee company called Brew22. They got the idea after seeing single-cup filter coffee for the first time while competing in Japan. Brew22 has five different types of coffee to match the five Olympic rings, and the pair use the profits to fund their training and competition costs. They also collaborate with other athletes so that they can benefit financially from the business. "We want to build towards athletes being able to fund themselves through our company, so that they don't have to set up their own business and spend all those hours that we did setting it up. They get to sell this product and earn money through that without having to do that much. We are starting collaborations with other teams and athletes now. That's what I'm really passionate about, to help other athletes who are in the same position find a way to earn money themselves without sacrificing their sport." (, 17 Dec 2020;, 01 Sep 2020)

She underwent mindset training ahead of the 2019/20 season to boost her self-confidence and increase mental strength. "I was afraid of making a fool of myself [earlier in her career] because no one had ever believed in me. It's only really been the last two years [speaking in 2020] that I've felt good enough to compete against others. My confidence has increased and I've learned to fight during races. I started working with a psychotherapist, which increased my mental strength and confidence. I realised I was worthy of competing. (, 01 Sep 2020)

Born in Great Britain, she was also eligible to skate for the Netherlands after moving there with her family at age eight. "People often think I went for the easy option because I chose to represent Great Britain, but I still have to compete at the same level at the same competitions." (, 01 Sep 2020)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1000m14  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps16  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1500m18  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1000m23  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2020/2021 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps24  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m27  
    2019/2020 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps31  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m56