The Zimbabwe women’s beach volleyball team, which is preparing for the Olympic Games qualifiers set for South Africa in two weeks time, has moved a gear up and has incorporated gym sessions into their programme in a bid to enhance the players’ physique.

The team is leaving no stone unturned in an endeavour to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

With the first round of qualifiers for the world’s biggest multi discipline sporting event beckoning in South Africa, the team’s preparations have taken a two dimensional approach with on court practice and daily physical work out sessions in the gym.

Team coach, Robert Njerere says the gym sessions have become a common trend worldwide and are vital in enhancing the physique of the players.

“Gym sessions are significant in improving the power and physical built of the players. Beach volleyball is not just about jumping on the court but it requires great physique and power, hence these gym sessions,” said Njerere.

The team’s selection base has also been expanded after 6 new players were incorporated into the fold to bring the number of players in the squad to 10.

The squad will soon be trimmed to a final pool of 8 players, who will represent the nation in the first round of the Olympic Games qualifiers set for South Africa in just over two weeks time.

Zimbabwe will battle with countries such as South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana for a place in the second and final qualifier. Zimbabwe is set to host the second round of qualifiers during the last third of the year, the first time the country will host a major beach volleyball event.