GB Beach pair launch campaign to keep Rio dream alive
25th January 2016
Britain's top beach volleyball pair have launched a crowdfunding campaign as they look to keep their dream of competing in Rio 2016 alive.
Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf, who played for Team GB at the Baku European Games last year, said they were hoping to raise enough funds to ensure they were fully prepared for the Olympic selection event in June.
But like all unfunded sportspeople, the duo are also trying to combine work with a full time training schedule –which is why they have teamed up with Powerade to launch their crowdfunding project – Sponsorise Me, to raise much needed cash.
“We’ve got a busy year ahead of us if we want to make the Olympics,” said Chris. “With a busy world tour calendar and CEV and NEZVA in the pipeline, there is a lot for us to plan – and pay for.”
In order to make Rio, the pair have to finish in the top five at all of their European Tour tournaments to accumulate enough points to qualify for the European Championships in June.
The right preparation will be key so Jake and Chris will be looking to play in four world tour events, starting with an event in Kish Island, Iran in February and with further events in Doha, Qatar and then Xiamen and Fuzhou, China later in the year.
“We’re currently in our hard pre-season training block which includes a lot of strength and fitness work, plus some skills work,” said Chris. “This averages out at around 20 hours per week of training over 12 or so sessions.
“We both also work for Youth Sport Trust as Athlete Mentors and we work three days a week with them when we’re in the UK.
“We’ve launched our SponsoriseMe campaign to see if we can raise much needed fund to help us to continue on our Road to Rio, to represent our fantastic sport at the its pinnacle event.”
In exchange for donation, the pair are offering a number of benefits and rewards, from signed beach volleyballs to volleyball camps and more.
For more information, and to find out how you can help, click https://uk.sponsorise.me/en/project-gbrbeachvolleyball