England Rugby Sevens Player - Charlie Hayter
Charlie Hayter has been an England Rugby Sevens player since 2014. Charlie was included in the 25-strong Great Britain training squad for the Rio Olympic Games and represents England at the World Sevens Series circuit and at the Common Wealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia.
How did you get involved with Rugby Sevens?
I had been playing for Wasps previously and got an opportunity before the last commonwealth games in Glasgow to make the switch so jumped at the chance to be involved in the sport.
Growing up, who was your all time inspirational Rugby player?
Tough one to choose but I liked Christian Cullen as an open field runner, and following Bath as a youngster grew up watching Matt Perry and Jeremy Guscott.
What advice would you give to a young, aspiring Rugby Sevens player?
Work hard on the basics so they can be done well when under pressure and tired – passing tackling and spotting a gap which are all massive in 7's.
Best Rugby Sevens achievement so far?
The season we had last year was awesome – great group of boys, to win 2 tournaments and get a 2nd place finish in the overall World Series was pretty special.
Aspirations in Rugby Sevens for 2018/19 and beyond?
We are always looking to improve and be great to tick off a few more tournament wins with the boys.
If you could be a professional athlete in another sport, which sport and why?
Probably golf – but only in the good weather.
Can you give us an insight into your pre-match routine (music type, mantras etc.?)
We tend to get together about 45 minutes before kick-off, start to build the mood up, get the body loosened up again – short sharp warm up then it’s out for the show time.
How did you hear about Beet It Sport?
I had seen a few people using it and started to look into the health benefits of it – any edge you can potentially get is worth it.
Why do you use Beet It and how has it helped you?
I tend to take Beet It Sport the night before a competition just to give that extra boost and allow me to know I have done everything I can before going into that competition.