Apr 16 2012

Race to 2012 Olympics Begins (with Surfx)

Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Gregg Weaver; I have been playing beach volleyball for Great Britain on the FIVB
international beach volleyball tour now since 2007. Up until July 2010 the federation fully funded my expenses related to playing beach volleyball full time, we had a great facility and staff based in Bath, England. Unfortunately due to the economy there were funding cuts and the entire men’s beach volleyball program lost its funding. No more facility, no more coach, no more travel expenses.

My wife and I chose that the best move we could make would be to move our family which at the time was myself, my wife and our 18 month old son would move back to Los Angeles, CA (which is where we met in 2005) where my wife would resume her career as a teacher and I would be a full time dad, and train on the beaches of California with some of the best players in the world. This seemed like it was going to work out perfectly.

Again budget cuts cased our plans to change in August 2011, this time it was my wife who was having her job taken away by the lack of school funding. Unfortunately for us she was the last in which usually means first out. This left us with a couple of tough decisions, and on more than one occasion we thought that the dream of going to the Olympics was over and that we would have to move to the mid-west where we could be closer to my wives family until we could find ourselves some employment.

With my engineering background I had been applying for technician and engineering jobs all over the LA area. I was lucky enough to get a job offer as an Account Executive from a very dynamic and ambitious company which was based in the LA area, Surfx Technologies.

Surfx Technologies has been extremely supportive of my need for flexibility in regards to my training and travelling. They are very excited to support me while I am pursuing my dream of representing my country at the 2012 London Olympics. Even if it does mean that I will be working while sat in my hotel room in various countries around the world.

I have a hectic couple of months ahead of me, this time next week I will be in Brasilia, Brazil for the first of seven Olympic qualifying events. Our best six results from these seven events will determine if my playing partner Jody Gooding and I can beat out our competition for the right to be walking in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.

I will be blogging throughout the coming months about the trials and tribulations of Olympic qualification, you can also follow my progress on twitter: Greggweaver062, Facebook:-Gooding/Weaver Team GB beach volleyball, or on our website GBbeachboys.com

Until next time.

Gregg Weaver

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