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Published 8 January 2015

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Para-Cycling: British Cycling has confirmed the 16-strong squad who will represent Great Britain at the forthcoming Newport Para-cycling International event, taking place from 30 January – 1 February.

The squad includes current track world champions Jody Cundy, Neil Fachie, Sophie Thornhill and Rachel James as well as Steve Bate, Adam Duggleby, Megan Giglia, Sally Hurst and Liz Saul who all make their debut for Great Britain.

The three-day event held at Wales National Velodrome in Newport is in its second year and counts as a qualifying event for track cycling at the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016.

See the British Cycling squad in full.

Short Track Speed Skating: The Great British Short Track Speed Skaters are making final preparations for the third ISU Star Class Cup competition, which will take place at Nottingham’s National Ice Centre (NIC) for the first time this weekend (9-11 January).

The international competition will see the UK’s best speed skaters compete against top athletes from the rest of Western Europe in the third round of this competition, which has already visited Belgium and Germany.

Amongst the skaters representing Great Britain will be Olympians Elise Christie, Jon Eley and Jack Whelbourne.

Find out more about the competition on the National Ice Skating Association website.

Skeleton: Olympic Champion, Lizzy Yarnold, returns to the fold for the opening World Cup of 2015 which is taking place in Altenberg, Germany, this week.

Yarnold rejoins the squad of Laura Deas, Rose McGrandle, Dominic Parsons and Ed Smith, after she was ruled out of the second world cup race of the season before Christmas which took place in Calgary, Canada.

The 26-year old from Kent was advised to take a break after experiencing dizziness during the penultimate World Cup of 2014 in Lake Placid, USA - an event which she won.

Yarnold though has made a full recovery and is seeking to continue the defence of her overall World Cup title from the 2013/14 season.

Read more on the British Skeleton website.

It was also announced this week that eight athletes have joined the British Skeleton talent squad after successfully coming through the UK Sport, English Institute of Sport and British Skeleton talent search Power2Podium.

Ski and Snowboard: British Ski and Snowboard have announced the team for the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships, the biggest freestyle event on this year’s calendar, taking place from 14 to 25 of January 2015 in Kreischberg, Austria.

National Lottery backed Sochi 2014 Olympians Aimee Fuller, Jamie Nicholls, Billy Morgan, Katie Summerhayes, Rowan Cheshrie, Murray Buchan and James Machon will all be competing, while James Woods will miss the event to compete in the X Games in Aspen.

See the British Ski and Snowboard squad in full.

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