University of Bath’s Sheaf brothers to compete at Beach Volleyball’s Junior World Championships

14 August 08 | Category: Volleyball

The university of Bath based Sheaf brothers have been selected to represent Britain in next month’s SWATCH FIVB Junior World Championships in Brighton.

Luke 20, and Jake 18, are Britain’s lead pairing in the team announced yesterday, and face tough opposition from last year’s defending champions, Italy’s Francesco Giontella and Paolo Nicolai.

The brothers, who are studying Sports Performance have been on a full-time training programme with GB for the past two years, with Jake tipped to rise through the GB ranks.

Jake said: “ I am really excited about playing at the World Championships in September.

“It will be a great opportunity for the British public to see what beach volleyball is all about, in the context of a professional, international competition.

“Too often people write the sport off as a holiday pastime, this will give them the chance to see how difficult it is to train properly and how well accomplished these athletes are.”

Britain’s second male pairing of Tristan Dampney and Chris Gregory are also based at the University of Bath.

Tristan came through the talented athlete scholarship scheme funded by the university and 17 year old Chris, who makes his international debut, was directed into volleyball through the Sporting Giants programme.

The tournament, which is for under-21 players, will take place at the Nivea Sun Yellow on Brighton Seafront between 3rd and 7th September and has attracted entries from 25 countries.

The University of Bath has one of the leading university sports departmentsin the UK. Under its Team Bath brand, its success is based on the expertiseand dedication of staff, and its excellent facilities, used by the communityand Olympic medal winners alike.

Members of the media who require further information can contact the Team Bath Press Office at Matchtight Ltd on (01225) 383518 or see the Team Bath website.

Posted: Thursday 14th August 2008

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