Bedford’s Olympic hero Etienne Stott backs Planet Earth Games

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Bedford’s Etienne Stott, who won gold in the 2012 Olympic Games, has backed a new international competition featuring virtual and sustainable challenges.

The Planet Earth Games is a month long event, which started this week and involves hundreds of participants of all ages from across the UK taking part in daily challenges.

And these challenges aren’t just about sports, including everything from cycling to litter picking, up-cycling to hummus making and even building bug hotels.

Every challenge, which is free and open to all, is set by organisations and ambassadors who share the same sustainable ethos as Planet Earth Games.

This includes Riverford Organic Farmers, Keep Britain Tidy, British Canoeing, and Royal Yachting.

Olympic athletes Lauren Smith, Hannah Mills and Bedford’s Etienne Stott, who along with Tim Baillie won gold in the C2 class at London 2012, have also backed the games.

People taking part are competing for daily prizes with anyone who completes 10 challenges across the month eligible for a wooden medal made from recycled and sustainable sources.

Etienne has previously been arrested for protesting inaction on climate change. At the time of his arrest, he said: “I don’t think there is anything more meaningful that I could be doing in my life right now.”

Read: Bedford Olympian Etienne Stott arrested during climate change protest

Etienne Stott being arrested Extinction Rebellion protests April 2019
Etienne Stott being arrested at the Extinction Rebellion protests this weekend. Credit: Press Association

As part of the games, Etienne has set a mindfulness challenge, which will take place on on 19 August with the winner receiving some unique Team GB merchandise.

“I’m backing Planet Earth Games because I believe sport has a huge power to inspire and bring people together,” said Etienne.

“That’s exactly what we need right now to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.

“It needs every single one of us to step up and do something and to help other people do something to save the future for ourselves…and all of those people to come.”

Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive of Planet Earth Games added: “The Planet Earth Games is fun, inclusive and accessible to everyone.

“Whilst the pandemic has caused a lot of us to rethink our priorities, the ambitions to create a healthier, happier and more sustainable society have only strengthened.

“Planet Earth Games is set to help everyone play their part in nurturing a better environment for the future.”

The Planet Earth Games is taking place every day in August, entries are open now at planetearthgames.org

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