In an exciting development for the young and fast-growing sport of VX, Global VX are delighted to announce that Olympic Diver Jack Laugher has agreed to be the sport’s official Ambassador.
Jack, who recently successfully made the transition to senior level, competed at the 2012 Olympics in London and won a gold medal at the World Championships in Sept 2012. He is a former student at Ripon Grammar School which is the VX National Centre of Excellence.
Jack encountered the sport at school when the Director of Sport for Ripon Schools, Helen Mackenzie, introduced VX to the school. She was then instrumental in making the school the National Centre of Excellence and was so impressed with the impact of the sport that she then got involved with the international administrative body, Global VX. Helen said: “This is fantastic news for the VX community. Jack is a wonderful young man. Not only has he already achieved so much but he is going to go even further and he is a terrific role-model. We are absolutely delighted to have him in our corner – and a bonus is that he is a Yorkshire Olympian helping a young sport that was born in Yorkshire.”
VX was developed in the region in 2005 and in its short life has made massive strides to the point where it now has a toe-hold in 23 countries, 13 of which have National Governing Bodies. It is played in a team version in a sports hall or in singles or doubles versions in squash courts and has competition right through to international level.
Jack said: “I’ve known Miss Mac for a long time and have seen via her the impact that VX has had, so I was honoured when she asked me if I’d like to be involved. This is an incredibly exciting sport and I’m looking forward to helping spread the word about it. We have lots of ideas.”