A 28-strong team will represent Great Britain at next month's Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne ©Team GB

A 28-strong team will represent Great Britain at next month's Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, it has been announced.

The Games, which is due to run from January 9 to 22, is set to see Britain compete in 11 of the 16 disciplines on the programme during 14 days of competition.

The team consists of athletes aged between 14 and 17 years of age, four of which competed at the 2019 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Sarajevo in February - speed skater Theo Collins, Alpine skier Daisi Daniels, biathlete Shawna Pendry and short track speed skater Olivia Weedon.

"I'm very proud to have been selected for the Youth Olympic Games," Pendry said.

"I can't wait to compete at Olympic level in my own sport, as well as being part of Team GB with such an amazing mix of winter sports athletes."

Weedon added: "I am very excited to be selected for the third Youth Olympic Winter Games. 

"It is a once in a lifetime experience to represent my country and be part of Team GB.

"I am excited to compete against the high level of athletes in my sport and we hope to get some good results."

Also on the team are Alpine skiers Jack Cunningham, Sophie Foster and Robert Holmes, bobsledders Charlotte Longden and William Scammell, cross-country skiers Molly Jefferies and James Slimon, curlers Ross Craik, Hannah Farries, Robyn Mitchell and Jamie Rankin, freestyle skiers Scott Johns, Jasper Klein and Kirsty Muir, and ice hockey players Mirren Foy, Carter Hamill, Evan Nauth, Amy Robery, Abby Rowbotham, Mackenzie Stewart and Jessie Taylor.

Completing the side are Nordic combined skier Mani Cooper, short track speed skater Matthew Gardner and ski jumper Sam Bolton.

"This is a very special moment for the 28 athletes selected for the Games," Georgie Harland, Britain's Chef de Mission for Lausanne 2020, said.

"It provides vital experience of a multi-sport environment and can be an important stepping stone towards their senior careers.

"We have seen athletes from both summer and winter sports going on to compete at a senior Games and the athletes in Lausanne will, I am sure, grasp this opportunity to show everyone what they are capable of, but most importantly enjoy what will be a fantastic experience."

In a new format for Lausanne 2020, the Winter Youth Olympic Games will be split into two waves of athletes attending across week one and week two to allow for more to compete during the duration of the competition – 1,880 in total compared to around 1,000 at Lillehammer 2016.

Britain's class of 2020 will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of bobsledder Mica McNeill and freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes, who both went on to compete at a Winter Olympics having first competed at the Youth version.

Lausanne 2020 is expected to welcome some of the world’s best young athletes from 70 nations for the third edition of the event, following Innsbruck 2012 and Lillehammer four years later.

Ski mountaineering and women’s Nordic combined will feature for the first time in an Olympic event. 

A mixed-National Olympic Committee three-on-three ice hockey tournament and a women’s doubles event in luge will also be contested for the first time.