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Fleet athlete hopes to win England's first-ever medal for beach volleyball at April's Commonwealth Games

THIS year is the first time that beach volleyball has been included in the Commonwealth Games programme and Team England athlete Chris Gregory is hoping to bring one of the sport’s first Commonwealth medals back to Fleet.

The 28-year-old, a former pupil at All Saints Church of England Junior School, took up volleyball in 2008 after taking part in a talent identified scheme ahead of London 2012.

At 6ft 10ins, it was suggested that Gregory give beach volleyball and rowing a go, but it didn’t take him long to choose between the two and since them he’s gone on to compete on an international stage.

“The talent ID scheme was called Sporting Giants and you basically needed to be taller than 6ft 6ins for guys and I think it was 6ft for women,” he said. “I signed up for the programme and they short-listed me for rowing and volleyball but I chose to go to the volleyball trials and it all went from there.

“Rowing isn’t for me. There’s no regrets. Obviously there’s a good lifestyle associated with volleyball and we do travel a lot which is great to be able to do. Also it’s a ball sport with multiple skills involved. It was very different to what I’d done before and that’s what attracted me at the start.