Ripon Olympian Jack Laugher has joined England’s Ambassadors programme with less than 300 days to go until Glasgow 2014.
With fond memories of Delhi and an eye on selection for England’s team next year, Jack says he will ‘prepare hard, train hard and work hard’ to be part of that team.
“I’m very proud to be named an England Ambassador and I can’t wait to get involved,” said the City of Leeds Diving Club member whose first multi-sports event was the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.
“The Delhi 2010 Games were very special and I have some very fond memories.”
“I’d love to go to Glasgow with England and be a part of that ‘Friendly Games’ experience again.
“It would be brilliant to compete on ‘home soil’ again after the Olympics, with some great support for our team.”
An England competitor at the age of just 15, Jack believes his Commonwealth Games experience was a great learning curve. Two years later he took his knowledge and experience from India into the London 2012 Olympics with Team GB.
“Delhi was a real eye opener for me really at that age,” said Laugher.
“I didn’t have much experience of international competition, and really I had no expectations, but it was a great experience. It was incredible for me actually, I’d never stayed in an athletes’ village and I’d never been in a food court that big! It was amazing for me.
“Injury and fitness play their part, but hopefully if I carry on with what I’m doing, prepare hard, train hard, work hard, it’ll all pay off and I’ll be part of England’s team next year.”
Commonwealth Games England Chief Executive Adam Paker welcomed Jack, saying: “We are very pleased to have Jack on board and his story underlines just how important the Commonwealth Games are for young athletes and their development.
“Our Ambassadors Programme continues to go from strength to strength and with less than 300 days to go until the Games start in Glasgow, and a week until the Queen’s Baton Relay launches in London, we are all very excited.”