Athlete Biography

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency

Origin of Impairment
Congenital - Genetic

Impairment Details
She was born without her right hand and arm below the elbow joint.

Start of sporting career
She first tried the sport in 2011 and took it up competitively after competing in para-swimming at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Reason for taking up this sport
She was advised to try out the sport during her training for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London by her uncle, who is a triathlete. “In 2011 I competed in the British nationals and came second, and realised I had transferable skills from swimming to triathlon. I then got asked to represent Great Britain a few more times in world championships, and decided to make triathlon my new challenge. I found immense enjoyment from pushing my body to the limits in three sports rather than just the one.”

Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Most memorable sporting achievement
Beating Faye McClelland at the 2014 World Series [para-triathlon] in London, England. “I beat a four-time world champion, which I never thought would happen.”

Hero
British swimmer Mark Foster. (lauren-steadman.com, 27 Sep 2014)

Most influential person in career
Her coaches. (kellyswimming.com, 07 Jun 2011)

Sporting philosophy / motto
“Train hard, race hard.”

Awards
She was named BBC’s Sports Personality with a Disability 2007 for the Eastern Region.

She won a scholarship to Kelly College in Devon for her swimming and academic ability.

General
FATHER’S HELP
During a para-triathlon event she is assisted by her father when it comes to smooth transitions between her disciplines. “My dad is my helper who puts my helmet on when I change to the bike discipline as I put my shoes and arm on.”

Club
Portsmouth Northsea/Portsmouth Athletics Club, England

Social Media
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Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocationResult
World Championships
1PT42014Edmonton, AB, CAN1:11:55
2TRI-42013London, GBR1:17:41
5TRI-42012Auckland, NZL1:15:33

 

Athlete Other Sports: She has previously competed in para-swimming for Great Britain at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Athlete Education: Psychology - University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth

Athlete Hobbies: Reading, cooking, relaxing, sleeping.

Athlete Injuries: She had a hand injury that bothered her in early 2012.

Athlete Coach: Trevor Payne

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