Lauren Steadman

Lauren Steadman

Athlete Information

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  • Date of Birth


  • Classification

    PT4 at Rio

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Lauren made her Paralympic debut in Swimming at Beijing when she was just 15 years old. On her second Games appearance at London 2012, Lauren qualified for the final of both the 100m freestyle S9 and the 400m freestyle S9.

Her background in swimming provides a significant strength in triathlon, which made its debut on the Paralympic programme at Rio 2016.

However a tactical error in the swim at Copacabana - when she missed a buoy and had to swim an additional 25 metres - made the race even more difficult for Lauren.

In the end her time of 1:11.43 was over a minute behind American gold medallist Grace Norman and while Lauren succeeded in winning silver she admitted the error cost her vital time.

She has been hugely successful since her transition from swimming into triathlon in 2011. Lauren has been crowned World Champion on three occasions (2014, 2015, 2018) and is a seven-time European Champion (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).

Lauren first got into the sport 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.

She is originally from Peterborough but is currently based in Portsmouth having completed a degree in Psychology at Portsmouth University. Lauren gained a First Class Degree when she graduated in 2014 and in 2017 she completed an MSc Business and Management, in which she achieved a distinction. She became a household name when she appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2018 reaching the semi-finals.

Major Results

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

  • Silver

2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Silver

2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, Gold Coast, Australia

  • Gold

2015 ITU Para Triathlon World Championships, Chicago, USA

  • Gold

2014 ITU Para Triathlon World Championships, Edmonton, Canada

  • Gold

2013 ITU Para Triathlon World Championships, London, UK

  • Silver

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