We champion participation in sport at Blue Earth Summit. Outdoors or in, sticking on your suit, shorts, trainers and grabbing your gear is the start of a mood-enhancing journey that almost invariably ends well. Which is why at the summit in less than two weeks’ time, we have a line-up from the sporting world set to challenge, educate and inspire.
Leading the way with Chris Boardman, Vicky Gosling OBE joins us to define how elite sport can be better. Vicky is a proven leader as the CEO for GB Snowsport, Chair for GB Surfing, Custodian for the Rugby Centurions, a Strategic Advisor to the UK Invictus Games Delegation and is a Board member of the British Olympic Association following 21 years’ service within the Royal Air Force. Try and say that quickly. As a mum to three, she clearly understands the challenges and motivations at both ends of the participation spectrum.
Leo Houlding continues our ascent into the rarefied air of elite participation but with two feet firmly grounded as a stalwart of the UK climbing scene and father. In our interview, he commits to educating the next generation in the huge upside to adventure in all forms.
Aiding our descent is Elias Elhardt is a professional snowboarder, filmmaker, and activist from Germany who uses his sport to tell powerful stories that inspire action. As an athlete, he is considered one of the best backcountry snowboarders in Europe. As a storyteller he recently became involved in activism and initiated a lobbying campaign for better climate policy across Europe with Protect Our Winters and Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Carlos Casas is the Co-founder of Colour Up who are making strides to help increase participation by global majority people within climbing. Building communities, aligning with organisations already established in the sport and building that movement together. As a climbing instructor, he is changing the sport from within and has an important part to play with other lightning rods in the scene.
Emma Twyford completes the set of sporting achievement and is the first British woman to climb 9a and the second to have trad climbed E9. She will be involved in the programme on Thurs 12th.