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).
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.