Athletes for Planet: The Film
'Athletes for Planet', a Borderland production, sums up why we exist. It's about the issues facing sport's environment, and sport's power to spark change. It's about the actions and attitudes that need to change. Sport is facing an existential threat.
The Original Athlete for Planet
“My desire to start Hylo came from my personal experience as an athlete. Throughout my career, I used so many products and inevitably threw them away once they could no longer offer me the same high level of performance. I very rarely gave thought to where they came from or where they would go. This is something I look back on and wish I could change.”
— Michael Doughty, Hylo Founder and former professional footballer
Jack CarlinOlympic Sprint Cyclist
Jack is a rising star of British cycling – looking to become the next big name in a long list of GB greats. He’s 23 and ready to tear up the velodrome at the Tokyo Olympics. He’s had a whole extra year to prepare for it too. No pandemic is going to stop him from smashing it on the world stage. He’ll being going for gold after bagging silver at the World and European Championships.
Jon KpokuSaracens Rugby Lock
One of England Rugby’s brightest talents, Jon burst onto the scene after only being picked up by Saracens’ academy at 17. Still at the beginning of his career, he has already been shortlisted for the Premiership Rugby Cup Breakthrough Player Award and made his Premiership debut in 2021.
Henry WeirCommonwealth Hockey Medallist
By the time he’d graduated from Loughborough University, Henry had already featured for his country. Since then, he’s racked up almost 200 appearances for England and GB. He has winner’s medals from the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships, all before he reached the pinnacle – representing his nation at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
Charley HullTour Golfer
By 18, Charley was already a champion on the European golf circuit. She’s the youngest person to compete at the Solheim Cup and at 20 she won the prestigious CME Group Tour Championship. In 2020, she added to her list of titles at the Rose Ladies Series at Wentworth.
Vicky FleetwoodRugby World Cup Winner
An all-round top athlete in her youth, Vicky has taken her athletic talent into rugby. She’s won pretty much everything you can in the international game too. She won the World Cup, back in 2014. She won the Six Nations Grand Slam (twice). And she’s medalled at the Commonwealth Games while racking up 76 caps for her nation.
Patrick BamfordPremier League Footballer
Patrick has been a professional footballer since 2011. He plays up-front for Leeds United and scored 16 goals as part of the historic team that was promoted to the Premier League in 2020. He’s proving the doubters wrong as he continues to perform at the highest level.
Rory GibbsEuropean Champion Rower
Rory’s sport is reliant on nature – and he’s a natural at it. His fast rise to rowing excellence started at Oxford Brookes University – he only had four months of experience when he made the team there. Since then, he has consistently represented GB at U23 level, and got a World Championship bronze, alongside a European victory, under his belt.
Dom bowls off-spin – an artform. He’s one of England’s best too. He’s 23 and has the cricket world at his feet. He’s making a name for himself on the big stage too – in test match cricket, one of sport’s most gruelling, challenging formats. He’s put in performances when it matters – big run scores and important wickets. A Champion of Tomorrow, and Athlete for Planet.
Alicia RegisGB Under-23 Sprinter
Speed is in Alicia’s blood – both her parents were Olympic medallists. That’s what she’s gunning for. Back in 2016, at age 15 she clocked the 7th fastest 200m of all-time for her age group.
Ollie RowlandFormula E Racer
Ollie is a racer. He’s a Formula E driver competing right at the top of the sport. He’s 28-years-old and has been competing since 2015. Ollie’s on a mission to win his first ever world title in a format of sport that has sustainability at its heart.
Saskia is on a mission. She wants gold at the 2024 Olympics and for sport to treat her planet better. She studied geography at university and has taken her passion for sustainability into her professional life – the IQ Foil, a new class of windsurfing and one that takes progress on sustainable practices very seriously.
George DaveyUndefeated Boxer
George is from York, but has spent most of his life in sunny Lanzarote. After ruling the Yorkshire amateur circuit, he turned pro with boxing legend, Frank Warren. He has had three professional fights. Won all three. Say no more.
Amy TurnerFootballer for Man United
Being born in Sheffield tends to make you pretty tough. Amy is no different. She currently plays for Manchester United, at centre half, and is a rock in one of the meanest defences in the Women’s Super League.
Sophie EcclestoneEngland Cricketer
Sophie is the top T20 Bowler in the women’s international game. She’s still in the early stages of her career but has been part of the England set-up since 2016. She’s the youngest woman in history to take 50 T20i wickets.
Issa Batrane + Freddie BialokozBeach volleyball
Issa and Freddie come as a pair. They make up England’s National Volleyball Team. Both talented, both passionate about protecting their planet. Training and competing on beaches, they see some of humanity’s worst habits washed up. They want to do something about it.
Joe CookeFirst Class Cricketer
At 23, Joe has done a lot. He’s made six first-class appearances in domestic cricket and has a degree in natural sciences under his belt. His dissertation was all about sport’s relationship on climate. He’s eager for more though – more runs, more time out in the middle, more opportunities at international level and for sport to do more for its environment.
Gemma DryburghTour Golfer
Golf has been part of Gemma’s life since four-years-old. Her passion for the game led her to Florida where she shone on the amateur circuit while at college. Her first professional win came in 2018 on the ALPG tour in 2017 before back-to-back wins on the Rose Ladies Series in 2020, before she became the first ever female professional to win at Royal St George’s. Gemma wants to protect the sporting environment she thrives in.
Myles HessonGB Basketballer
Myles is a giant of a man. 6ft6in. Driven, direct, powerful on the court - he’s a giant character too. He’s represented Great Britain consistently for the last nine years too. He currently hoops in France, but his basketball exploits have taken him all over the world. And this globetrotter has pledged to be an Athlete for Planet because he’s passionate about progress, in his performance for his planet.
Josh is a plant-based athlete. His original reasoning was performance-based, but he understands the benefits for Planet. Josh is on a journey, standing out along the way, motivated to be the best he can be.
He plays in the English Football League for Burton Albion and is captain of the Antigua and Barbuda national team.
Ben DavidTour Golfer
When you think of golf, you think of nature. Greens, fairways, bunkers, water hazard. They’re synonymous. Ben is making his way on the pro tour, and making strides to protect the environment his sport thrives in.
At 22-years-old, Rianna has already made moves at the top level of women’s football. As part of an ever-improving Tottenham set-up, she was second-highest goalscorer as the North London side were promoted to the Women’s Super League for the first time.
Rianna’s just at the start of journey in professional football and fighting for Planet.
‘Bondy’ is a safe pair of hands. He plays in goal. He has to be. He started his life on London’s outer rim, in Berkhamsted, but has recently moved stateside to play in the MLS with LA Galaxy – in a career that’s taken him all over the world.
His motivation now? Use his platform to protect the earth that he plays on.
Marcus WatsonRugby Player
Marcus is a flying full-back. He plays for London Irish in the Rugby Premiership currently but has jumped between formats of rugby over his ten years in the professional game. In the smaller-sided format, Marcus lit up the Rio Olympics with his speed and tenacity, helping Team GB Sevens to a silver medal.
Joining Hylo is another step in his desire to play for something greater.
Steven has experienced the highest highs in sport, and the lowest lows of life. He played for his country and in the Premier League while he battled addictions that would eventually bring his career to its lowest point.
Steven has got himself back on track – on and off the pitch – moving to Turkey and Alanyaspor. Steven’s life now is about helping and inspiring others – a true Champion of Tomorrow.
Brad ShieldsRugby Player
Hailing from New Zealand, Brad has moved to England to progress his rugby – a 6ft4in flanker. He plays for Wasps in the Rugby Premiership.
He’s represented England nine times since making his debut in 2018. He’s pledged to be an Athlete for Planet in a step towards change – for himself, and for others and future generations – a true powerhouse for Planet.
Ruaridh McConnochieRugby Player
Ruaridh is 29 and excelling at the top of English rugby. He currently plays for Bath in the Rugby Premiership.
He’s represented England twice, and scored his first international points at the last Rugby World Cup in 2019.He’s also represented Team GB at the Olympics earning a silver medal in Rio in 2016. He’s at the point now where his legacy’s importance is growing, and he’s making more and more little steps to be a better athlete – and be better for planet.