Lauren Steadman

Lauren is a member of the UK Sport Lottery Funded British Paratriathlon Squad. She is based in Portsmouth. Having previously competed in two Paralympic Games as a swimmer, Lauren competed in the debut Paratriathlon at her third Paralympic Games in Rio, and won a silver medal in the PT4 event. 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 classifcation.

 

Lauren was a swimming gold medallist in a relay team in Rio at the FINA World Swimming Championships in 2009. The British relay squad broke the world record. She also won gold at the Patriathlon Test Event in Rio in August 2015.

She first got into Triathlon after her uncle, who is a triathlete, suggested she should try it. She entered her first triathlon, 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 5th in the Triathlon (Tri4 classification).

 

Major Results

Date Event Position
15th Sep 2018 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast 1st
19th Jul 2018 2018 Tartu ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
30th Jun 2018 2018 Iseo - Franciacorta ITU World Paratriathlon Series 1st
28th May 2018 2018 Eton Dorney ITU Paratriathlon World Cup 1st
12th May 2018 2018 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series 1st
15th Sep 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 2nd
28th Jul 2017 2017 Edmonton ITU World Paratriathlon Series 2nd
8th Jul 2017 2017 Iseo - Franciacorta ITU Paratriathlon World Cup 1st
16th Jun 2017 2017 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
11th Sep 2016 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games 2nd
24th Jul 2016 2016 Rotterdam ITU Paratriathlon World Championships DNF
5th Jun 2016 2016 Strathclyde ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
27th May 2016 2016 Lisbon ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
20th Mar 2016 2016 Buffalo City ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
18th Sep 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago 1st
1st Aug 2015 2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
10th Jul 2015 2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
7th Jun 2015 2015 Besançon ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
30th May 2015 2015 London ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
16th May 2015 2015 GBR Paratriathlon National Championships 1st
21st Sep 2014 2014 Madrid ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
30th Aug 2014 2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton 1st
21st Jun 2014 2014 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
31st May 2014 2014 London ITU World Paratriathlon Event 1st
17th May 2014 2014 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Event 2nd
13th Sep 2013 2013 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final London 2nd
16th Jun 2013 2013 Alanya ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
22nd Oct 2012 2012 Barfoot and Thompson World Triathlon Grand Final Auckland 5th
17th Oct 2012 2012 Auckland ITU Aquathlon World Championships 2nd
7th Aug 2011 2011 ITU World Championship Series London 2nd

Lauren previously studied at Kelly College, Devon - which has a highly successful competitive swimming training programme.

She 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.

Tell us about your disability:

I am missing my lower right arm just below the elbow. As a child I would always want two arms, but over the years I have come to love being individual and relish all the challenges! 

Why the switch from swimming:

In May 2011 I completed British Nationals and came 2nd, realising I had transferable skills from swimming to triathlon. I then got asked to represent GBR a few more times in World Championships, and decided to make triathlon my new challenge, and have found immense enjoyment from pushing my body to the limits in not only one but three sports.

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