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Ellia Smeding

Great Britain

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSGBR21603199801
NOCGreat Britain
Born16 Mar 1998 in  Oxford
GenderWomen
FamilyPartner Cornelius Kersten
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete, Business Owner, Student
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationLaw, Psychology - Hanze University of Applied Sciences: Groningen, NED
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 38.98 04 Dec 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:15.81 11 Dec 2021 Calgary  
    1500m 1:57.62 05 Dec 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:21.99 20 Jan 2020 Heerenveen  
    5000m 7:56.31 28 Dec 2017 Leeuwarden  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/ellia.smeding  
twitter.com/ellia_smeding  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportShe enjoyed inline skating as a child, so she decided to try speed skating and liked it even more. "I always really enjoyed rollerblading at birthday parties. I was really competitive. My mum said, 'Oh, we have an inline track', which is 400 metres, so it's the same size as a speed skating rink. They had this in the town that we moved to, and I really wanted to give it a go."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She moved to the Netherlands from England at age eight, and began skating two years later in Leeuwarden. "I think I started doing competitions when I was about 11 - my parents never decided to move back [to England], so we've been here [the Netherlands] ever since."  
Club / TeamTeam FrySk: Netherlands  
Name of coachSiep Hoekstra [club], NED  
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)  
Other informationBUSINESS VENTURE
In 2020 she and her partner Cornelius Kersten started their own coffee business called Brew '22, which is based in Heerenveen, Netherlands. The venture was intended as a way to help fund her and Kersten's bid to compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, and they also hoped to fund other speed skaters with the profits. "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. We had to find a way to make money and hopefully [the business] is something we can continue to grow after our skating careers." (olympics.com, 07 Feb 2022; bbc.co.uk, 17 Dec 2020; switchtheplay.com, 01 Sep 2020)

BUILDING SELF-CONFIDENCE
She underwent mindset training ahead of the 2019/20 season to boost her self-confidence and increase her 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." (switchtheplay.com, 01 Sep 2020)

DUAL NATIONALITY
Born in Great Britain, she is 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." (switchtheplay.com, 01 Sep 2020)
 
Famous relativesHer partner Cornelius Kersten has represented Great Britain in speed skating, including at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Cornelius Kersten Instagram profile, 19 Sep 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 26 Oct 2022)  
Memorable sporting achievementCompeting at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (ealingtimes.co.uk, 07 Feb 2022)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 1000m8  
    2021/2022 World Sprint Championships Overall9  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 1500m9  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 500m11  
    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  
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m23  
    2022 Olympic Games 1500m27  
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  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m40  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1500m50  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m51  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m56