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Lauren Steadman

Paralympian, Double World Champion paratriathlete and HuffPost UK Gym Buddies columnist

Lauren is a double World Champion paratriathlete and currently holds the European title, which she has won five times. Lauren was born missing her lower right arm, but this has only spurred Lauren on to be the best she can be, and she relishes the challenge of overcoming these barriers. Lauren’s passion for swimming started when she was just four years old, and 11 years later when Lauren turned 15, she represented Team GB as a paralympic swimmer in Beijing. Lauren also competed in London 2012 as a swimmer, but has since specialised in paratriathlon and represented Team GB in the sport's first entry to the Paralympic Games in Rio, where she won silver. Her dedication and drive in all aspects of her life has also seen her attain a Psychology degree and a Masters in Business from Portsmouth University. Outside of studying and competing at the highest level, Lauren loves to bake and regularly goes salsa dancing.