Lauren is a member of the UK Sport Lottery Funded British Paratriathlon Squad. She is based in Portsmouth and is coached by Robin Brew. Having previously competed in two Paralympic Games as a swimmer, Lauren competed in the debut Paratriathlon in Rio and won a silver medal. In September 2018, she was announced as a contestant on BBC Strictly Come Dancing.
Lauren came to triathlon having already been to two Paralympic Games as a swimmer in 2008 and 2012. She went to her first Paralympics in Beijing aged just 15 and competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Her background in swimming provides a significant strength in triathlon. She was born without a right forearm and competes in the PTS5 classification, which will be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Lauren is the reigning ITU world champion, having won the PTS5 title on the Gold Coast, Australia in September 2018.
Lauren first got into triathlon after her uncle, who is a triathlete, suggested she should try it. She entered her first event, the British Championships, in Nottingham in 2011 and finished second. At the Paratriathlon World Championships in Auckland (October 2012) Lauren won silver in the Aquathlon (swim-run) event and finished fifth in the Triathlon.
Lauren is originally from Peterborough and currently based in Portsmouth. She gained a First Class degree in Psychology at Portsmouth University in 2014. In 2017 she completed an MSc Business and Management, in which she achieved a distinction.
Lauren was born without her lower right arm. She said that as a child she wished she had two arms but has come to love being individual and relishes challenges. She studied at Kelly College, Devon (now called Mount Kelly) - which has a highly successful competitive swimming training programme, but decided to switch from swimming realising that the sport had given her transferable skills and she enjoyed pushing her body over three sports, rather than just one.