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WRIGHT ADVICE AT GB TRAINING CAMP

Former British champ Charles Wright hopes Great Britain’s Peaking for Performance training camp will help him continue his remarkable rise.

07 / 05 / 2021, 10:38

Former British champion Charles Wright hopes Great Britain’s Peaking for Performance training camp will help him continue his remarkable journey from league rider to international star.

The Belle Vue racer has made serious strides in recent years, winning the British Championship at the National Speedway Stadium in 2019 to earn the wild card for the Adrian Flux British SGP in Cardiff.

Wright scored a creditable five points on his SGP debut, but is determined to continue his rise in the sport.

I feel I have prepared so much better, gone that extra mile in every respect. That has made a huge difference to me from being a league rider and then going on to be British champion and riding in a Grand Prix.

Charles Wright

The 32-year-old took part in GB’s latest performance camp along with Kyle Howarth, Lewis Kerr, Drew Kemp, Tom Brennan, Anders Rowe, Jordan Palin, Dan Gilkes, Jason Edwards, Henry Atkins and Jordan Jenkins.

The Lions stars worked on making the most of their 60 seconds on the shale and picked up some wise words from guest speakers, including Newcastle footballer Matt Ritchie, British gymnast Kelly Simm, England cricketer Kate Cross and sailor Bruce Keen.

Wright is determined to build on their advice and ensure he’s at his best in that short time when he needs to deliver the goods over four laps.

The Stockport-born star said: “This year was all about peaking for performance. It was concentrating on those 60 seconds. It happens so fast that you have to prepare in the best possible way physically and mentally.

“I feel I have prepared so much better, gone that extra mile in every respect. That has made a huge difference to me from being a league rider and then going on to be British champion and riding in a Grand Prix.”

Wright may have taken strides forward in the sport, but he knows there is still work to do.

He added: “You can have a good year but there’s always something you can improve. At the levels I am now aiming for, even just one percent can be the difference when it comes to reaching the Grand Prix series, winning major titles.

“Now it’s just finding all those elements, putting them all together and making it work on the night. But the experience of a performance camp is a big bonus for all the boys.

“It’s good to be around the Great Britain backroom team. On the speedway side Simon (Stead) and Olly (Allen) have been there and done it. But there’s so much experience and knowhow at our disposal now every day of the week.

“I am constantly trying to find an extra edge, better ways to eat, strengthen in body and mind. It can only be a good thing.”

Wright was pleased to get some advice from other elite athletes as he bids to establish himself at the highest level.

He said: “You never stop learning. Talking to world champions in other sports is absolutely vital, hearing their experiences and techniques.

“I think the overall message that it always comes back to is why you got into the sport you compete in. Why you love it in the first place, even the highs and lows.

“It’s important to hear it come from other athletes. It makes you understand that you are thinking about the right elements of how to improve. It gives you perhaps one percent extra belief.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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