With the Planet Earth Games now less than four days away, we caught up with Lauren Dolan - track cyclist for Great Britain - ahead of the inaugural event...
- Who are you and what do you do?
"Hi! Im Lauren Dolan, a 19-year old road and track endurance cyclist, having represented Great Britain in both disciplines".
"After taking a back step in 2018 to recover from 2 major crashes, one being at the world championships in Bergen 2017, I am now back and fighting harder than ever. Ive had some of my best results to date this season, and am looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead for me in representing my country".
- Why you support and act as an ambassador to Planet Earth Games?
"It's a great privilege to be named as one of the ambassadors of last years up-cycled ‘'Devon youth games’’. Watching the games last year was incredible. To see so many talented young athletes compete, gracious in both victory and defeat was really special. I want to act as a beacon of direction for the athletes, helping to encourage them to pursue their ambitions, big or small, whether in sport or not. This year, with the additional focus of the environment, and its pertinence in the news, all over the world, I hope that I can spread the centralised aspiration of the Planet Earth Games (to ‘save our environment’) with the intention that it will remain an individual vocation for everyone in years to come".
- What are your views on the importance of Planet Earth Games objectives around youth sport and the environment?
"The Planet Earth Games will have a really positive impact on everyone involved, creating a legacy that will have a bearing on people’s actions and outlooks, not just when it comes to sport, but also when considering our surroundings too. With the environment in such a declining state, there has never been a more crucial time to change our behaviours".
- Why you are looking forward to the Planet Earth Games on Saturday?
"I cannot wait to be a spectator at the games, to see the next generation of athletes across a huge variety of sports compete for the Planet Earth games title, as well learning a thing or two about protecting the environment at the same time. It's going to be an action packed, fun and crucially, an eco-friendly day for everyone to play a part in!"
Join Lauren and our other ambassadors - Matt Jess, Jo Pavey, Will Smith and Charlotte Tregedeon - at the Planet Earth Games on Saturday 6th July!