Crew GB medal hope Lauren Value instructed The Duke of Cambridge that boxing gold at Tokyo 2020 would prime every thing in her extraordinary profession.
Value, 27, revamped 50 appearances for Wales Girls’s nationwide soccer staff and received senior world and European kickboxing titles earlier than specializing in her Olympic dream.
In an interview for BBC Sport Value, who will grow to be Wales’ first feminine boxer to compete on the Olympics, spoke with Prince William about her outstanding 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 will prime every thing in my profession,” stated Value, who was raised in Ystrad Mynach, Glamorgan, by her grandparents, Derek and Linda.
“I bear 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 received the inaugural Welsh Premier Girls’s Soccer League title with Cardiff in 2013 and received 52 senior caps for Wales earlier than quitting soccer to concentrate on boxing in 2014.
Former taxi driver Value, whose grandfather died final yr, revealed her sporting desires in a narrative she wrote in school.
Nan Linda instructed the BBC: “Lauren stated she needed to be a world champion kick boxer, play soccer for Wales and go to the Olympics and the instructor laughed. I stated, ‘it is 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.”
GB Boxing efficiency director Rob McCracken added: “She’s an outstanding athlete and an actual function mannequin for the females, definitely at GB Boxing and within the staff.
“She’s in an important place now to go on and fulfil her potential, which is successful an Olympic medal.”
:: Watch the total chat between the Duke of Cambridge and Lauren Value on BBC Sport’s web site now.