Lauren Parker is a Paralympic silver medalist, four-time paratriathlon world champion, Ironman 70.3 world champion and two-time Ironman world champion, and paracycling time trial world champion.
Already driven and determined since her junior swimming days, Lauren went from elite triathlete to elite paratriathlete in the span of nine months – one of the fastest transitions to adapted sport on record. In two years’ time, she had taken a Commonwealth Games bronze medal and became the first Australian world champion in paratriathlon. Her star has only risen since.
Lauren won her fourth consecutive Paratriathlon world championship in 2023, adding to the para cycling world title she won on debut earlier in the year. For these feats, she was named the Australian Institute of Sport Female Para-Athlete of the Year.
She began racing triathlons in 2008 and set her sights on Ironman in 2014. Weeks before racing the 2017 Ironman Australia, a freak cycling accident broke her spine — but not her spirit. Lauren continues to inspire with her life and her racing.