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Lauren Steadman
Name Lauren Steadman
Sex Female
DOB 18 Dec 1992 (age 23)
Hometown Peterborough
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Lauren came to triathlon having already been to two Paralympic Games as a swimmer. 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 and she has met the Automatic Qualification criteria for Rio 2016. She will be put forward for selection by ParalympicsGB in the summer.

Lauren already has a gold medal from Rio, won at the World Swimming Championships in 2009 as part of a British relay squad that also broke the world record, and she won the Patriathlon test event 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 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).

She is originally from Peterborough but currently based in Portsmouth, having completed a degree in Psychology at Portsmouth University and is now doing post graduate studies. She gained a First Class Degree when she graduated in 2014.

Lauren previously studied at Kelly College, Devon - which has a highly successful competitive swimming training programme. She is now coached by former ITU World Champion, Sam Warriner (NZL) and swims with Portsmouth Northsea SC.

She was born without a right forearm and competes in the PT4 classifcation, which is included in the Rio Paratriathlon event in 2016. Lauren is part of the UK Sport World Class Lottery Funded British Paratriahlon squad.

Lauren on Twitter @LaurenSteadman

Key Results:

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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