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British track sprinters meet Wasps

British track sprinters, Adam Gemili and Jeanette Kwayke today visited Premiership Rugby club London Wasps to lead a sprint master class for the club’s squad as they prepare for the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series

With speed and agility such a key component of sevens, the duo met with members of the squad to provide coaching tips ahead of the start of the tournament which kicks off on August 1st at Kingsholm, Gloucester.

The session focused on giving guidance and advice using a number of exercise drills to help the squad develop the key areas of speed and agility. The training, which took place on the club’s sprint track, worked on the players’ mobility and coordination, whilst looking at their technique for ways to increase and maintain speed. The session finished with specific strength work to improve their explosive power.
Gemili, who reached the 100m semi-finals at the London 2012 Olympics last year, said:

“I used to play a bit of rugby as a kid so I’ve loved coming here and sharing my sprint knowledge with the guys today. Rugby sevens is such an exciting sport to watch. The sheer pace of some of the lads who play it is incredible. Speed and power are big parts of their game so today Jeanette and I worked on a number of different elements that can help them with this. Hopefully it will stand them in good stead for the J.P. Morgan 7s in a few weeks’ time and the rest of their season. There are a few of the guys here today who wouldn’t look out of place lining up on the track but fingers crossed for my sake they stick with rugby.”

Kwayke, the 2008 World Indoor 60 metre Silver medallist said:

“It’s been great to meet the lads today. They’re well-conditioned athletes so it was no surprise that they took to the training with ease; some of them are seriously quick! Hopefully they’ve taken away some useful tips that they can work on for their season and the J.P. Morgan 7s”.

Dan Howells, Strength and Conditioning Coach at London Wasps commented:

“It’s been really invaluable for the guys to be able to receive first hand coaching tips from two of the best sprinters in the business. We work hard with the team on improving their speed and power as it’s crucial to their game, so it was incredibly useful to get Adam and Jeanette’s insight and expertise.”

London Wasps winger, Tom Varndell said:

“Having Adam and Jeanette here today has massively helped with our preparation for the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s. Acceleration and speed are vital in putting the tries away and winning games in 7s. It was a really good session and we’ve taken away some useful tips and coaching points to add to our training schedule. With 7s becoming an Olympic sport in Rio 2016 it was great to get a few stories from Adam on his experience competing at London 2012 and how to handle the pressure.”

The tournament, which is now in its fourth year, kicks off on Thursday 1st August at Kingsholm stadium, Gloucester. It sees all 12 Premiership Rugby clubs battle it out across three regional rounds for a place in the Final on Friday 9th August at The Rec Ground in Bath. London Wasps take part in the third round of the series which is hosted by Saracens at Allianz Park on Saturday 3rd August where they take on the home side, London Irish and Harlequins

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