With most of Britain finally basking in glorious sunshine and the beach firmly on everyone’s minds, who better for us to catch up with than one half of England’s favourite Beach Volleyball duo – Chris Gregory!
Off the back of the FIVB World Tour, Rio Grand Slam, European Tour and Swatch Major Series World Tour, Chris and his team mate Jake Sheaf have had a busy season, and it’s not over yet, with preparation for Gold Coast 2018 taking focus.
A huge boost
Beach Volleyball is set to be included for the first time in the Bahamas 2017 Youth Games and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, which is a huge step for the growth of the sport.
“For me inclusion in the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games shows how much the sport is growing. It’s massive for us and we couldn’t be more excited,” Chris told us.
“The Commonwealth Games is a huge part of our history and will be a highlight of our careers if we qualify and get to represent our country. It will be a huge boost for the sport, especially on home soil if home nations compete and compete well.”
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We wanted to get the inside info on what makes Chris and Jake such a strong team – why do they work so well together, and what’s important to them to keep the team dynamic on and off the pitch?
“Jake and I have known each other for a long time and we share the same passion and same goals. Being united on that front we do what we need to in order to progress and fulfil our ambitions with our great team.
Training five or six days a week together, not just on the court but in the gym also, the duo leave no stone unturned when it comes to performance and playing style. They know what works, and they work hard to maintain that.
“We have a great dynamic on and off the court and physically the imposing and aggressive style that we are sticking to will develop to become more and more effective as we compete.”
Close friends on and off the pitch, it’s easy to spot why this pair are so hard to break down in a game. When we asked Chris what his three most important things to teamwork were, he replied:
3. Fight and passion for your team.
If you’re looking to get into volleyball, Chris recommends to look local:
“Look to your local clubs first. It’s a great way to practice and join a volleyball community near you. There are also plenty of ways to take part in beach volleyball during the season. The VEBT is our national tour and you can enter to play at various stops there as well as in the Deep Dish Beach Volleyball Tours that has a range of tournaments and training camps that caters for all levels.”