Crew GB medal hope Lauren Value advised the Duke of Cambridge that boxing gold at Tokyo 2020 would prime every little thing in her extraordinary profession.
In an interview for BBC Sport Value, who will develop into Wales’ first feminine boxer to compete on the Olympics, spoke with William about her exceptional life and expectations for Tokyo.
“The Olympics imply the world to me and if I used to be to go and win a gold medal it could prime every little thing in my profession,” mentioned Value, who was raised in Ystrad Mynach, Glamorgan, by her grandparents, Derek and Linda.
“I keep in mind being sat in the lounge with my Nan and Grandad watching the Olympics and seeing Kelly Holmes win gold, and on the time I didn’t know what sport I needed to do, I simply needed to go to the Olympic Video games.”
4-time world champion and six-time European champion at kickboxing, Value gained the inaugural Welsh Premier Girls’s Soccer League title with Cardiff in 2013 and gained 52 senior caps for Wales earlier than quitting soccer to deal with boxing in 2014.
The previous taxi driver, whose grandfather died final 12 months, revealed her sporting desires in a narrative she wrote in school.
Nan Linda advised the BBC: “Lauren mentioned she needed to be a world champion kick boxer, play soccer for Wales and go to the Olympics and the instructor laughed. I mentioned, ‘it’s best to by no means attempt to shatter their desires.’
“It’s simply unhappy that her grandfather’s not right here to see it as a result of he would have been the proudest man within the valley.”
The Duke of Cambridge misplaced his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, in April.
GB Boxing efficiency director Rob McCracken added: “She’s an outstanding athlete and an actual position mannequin for the females, definitely at GB Boxing and within the staff.
“She’s in an ideal place now to go on and fulfil her potential, which is profitable an Olympic medal.”
:: Watch the complete chat between the Duke of Cambridge and Lauren Value on BBC Sport’s web site now.