Episode 53 — Lauren Parker

Photo courtesy of Lauren Parker

In this week’s episode of SportsParenthood, Lauren Parker, para-triathlete, joins us from the USA, where she is currently based at St George in Utah, preparing to back up her win from 2019 at the World Triathlon Para Championships in Abu Dhabi this November.

Lauren’s been on the road for a while now. She left Australia in August to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics, where she won silver in the women’s PTWC event, by the narrowest of margins — around a second in the end, in what was an extraordinary sprint finish after leading for the entire race.

You’ll hear how Lauren feels about that result and what she overcame in her very next race, just three weeks later. This conversation is about an athlete who has had a competitive fire in her belly from a young age — a successful junior swimmer who transitioned to triathlon when she was 18.

Lauren was well on her way to realising her big dreams in triathlon, when a training accident changed everything. Then, an unexpected phone call — and how signing out of rehab one day turned out to be the best decision ever.  What’s her message for sports parents?




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