Strong preparation for a strong team in Melbourne, says Cross

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All of the competitors and officials gathered at the Hotel L’Horizon to listen to British Olympic bronze kayak medalist Tim Brabants and sports psychologist and Island Games tennis champion Jeremy Cross.

Speaking at the event yesterday, general team manager Paul Huddlestone said: ‘Today is really all about the team getting to know each other and to learn about what to expect from a Commonwealth Games.

‘A lot of our competitors have been to the Island Games before, but this will be very different and we want to make sure that everyone knows what to expect.

We have also been speaking with the individual team managers to outline their responsibilities and to make sure they know what they are there for.

‘Our aim is to make sure that our competitors now stay focused on their training and preparations so that we are all ready for the Games in March.’ Sports psychologist Jeremy Cross is also joining the team in Australia.

Yesterday he was speaking to the managers and competitors from a motivational perspective.

‘Before the last Olympics there was great emphasis placed on the renaming of the Great Britain team to Team GB, which made a big difference to the team spirit.

I want to help instill that into the Jersey team slightly so that they feel part of a really strong team heading out to Australia.

I think that a strong preparation can help to build a strong team and that helps the competitors, even those in individual sports, to perform better at the Games.

‘From a personal point of view, I am delighted to be involved with the team and will be assisting Paul while out there in Australia.

Obviously this is the pinnacle for Jersey’s athletes and I am proud and humbled to be part of that.’

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