Getting involved with the start of the Women’s Tour bike race is more than a singing engagement for sporting soprano Laura Wright.
Laura, who was raised in Framlingham, is not only singing in the team presentation event at Bury St Edmunds’ Apex on the night before the race starts in Angel Hill, but will cycle the first stage to Aldburgh ahead of the professionals in aid of SportsAid.
She is also doing the Great East Swim on May 20 for the charity for which she is an ambassador.
Million-selling album singer Laura said: “I wanted to be involved with a charity that supported young sportsmen and women and this seemed like a really good opportunity.
“For me it’s about being involved. I love sport.”
She is the England Rugby team’s first official singer, plays rugby and hockey and got into cycling when she pedalled to Paris for the Royal British Legion a few years ago.
“When you’re cycling, you meet people,” she said. “I’ve run a couple of marathons and you don’t talk to people, but with cycling you get to know people. You hear their life histories as you cycle.”
She welcomes the attention women’s sports get today.
“When you’re younger you don’t realise the gap between men and women in the funding of sport,” she said. “The team for the Rugby World Cup – the women had jobs as well as doing sport. I think it’s changing as awareness grows.”
If you are a good cyclist and want to join Laura and her three brothers on the ride to Aldburgh, visit www.sportsaid.org.uk