Every path to a Paralympic Games is unique. There are athletes born with their disabilities who have long dreamed of becoming Paralympians. Then there are athletes like Lauren Parker whose lives have taken unexpected turns.

As an elite able-bodied triathlete, Lauren was an Australian representative and finalising her preparation for the 2017 Ironman Australia Triathlon when disaster struck. She was on a training ride travelling at 40km/hr when both her tyres blew, catapulting her into a guard rail.

Among her multiple major injuries was paraplegia.

Lauren was also faced with a question. The very same question that all future Paralympians ask after acquiring a life-changing disability – what now?

After some soul-searching, the answer became glaringly obvious – Para-triathlon would be her new calling.

Fast-forward to today, and Lauren is one of Australia’s most promising Para-triathletes. She is the reigning world champion in the women’s PTWC, won a Commonwealth Games …

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Date of birth
15 December 1988
Past Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Cycling accident
Cooranbong, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

Greatest sporting moments

Placing second in the women’s 25-29 at the 2015 Ironman World Championships

Heroes/role models

Brad Fernley, Chrissie Wellington, Laura Siddall, Siri Lindley

Favourite quote
The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow


  • Sport: Para-triathlon Classification: PTWC

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