Saturday, 9 August 2014
The Olympic dream heads to Margate
British Champions Jake Sheaf and Chris Gregory are just some of the amazing athletes heading to Margate for the Beach Volleyball finals on 16 and 17 August.
The National Beach tour Finals will descend on Margate Beach attracting some of the top players within the UK and across Europe. One particular team that will be competing for this year’s title are reigning British Champions Chris and Jake who have been lighting up the Beach volleyball scene with some impressive performances this season.
The team from Kent have been setting their sights on reaching the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 and are looking for any potential sponsors and support to help them achieve their Olympic dream.
Despite their busy schedule competing all over the World, Jake and Chris took time to catch up with officers from Thanet District Council in advance of this great event.
TDC: How did you get involved in Beach Volleyball?
Chris: Volleyball chose me..UK Sport Talent ID Trials, Sporting Giants (talent spotting programme) before London 2012 took me towards competing for Great Britain.
Jake: My mum played for England and inspired me to start playing from a young age. I then joined the Great Britain senior squad at 16.
TDC: What does a typical training day consist of?
Jake: Every day can be different whether we are at home in London or abroad competing or training. At the moment we are in Los Angeles training every morning with different world class teams representing different nations on the world tour.
Chris: We then train physically in the gym in the afternoon to keep our bodies strong and in check for competition
TDC: How many times have you played in the Margate Masters; what is your most memorable experience?
Chris: If I remember correctly I’ve played three times, twice with Jake. In the last two years it’s been great to win the tournament and become British Champions.
Jake: We both went through some real physical problems in the tournament, so it was great to battle through and be victorious in the end.
Jake and Chris are just some of the talented athletes who are descending on Margate for the Beach Volleyball Finals, many of whom could be competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics!
Leader of Thanet District Council Cllr Iris Johnston said, “Thanet is looking forward to welcoming Jake and Chris back to the Margate Masters once again along with all the other talented players. The Beach Volleyball Tour is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to see top players who are internationally renowned.
“There’s free grandstand seating as well as music and entertainment throughout creating a carnival atmosphere. Members of the public can participate for free at specially arranged times.”
For more information or if you are interested in volunteering at the event please call 01843 577032 or visit www.thanet.gov.uk/sport