Lauren Rowles

Paralympic Rowing Gold Medalist With an Inspirational Story

Lauren Rowles

Lauren Rowles MBE is best known for her achievements as a paralympic rower, representing her country in the trunk-arms mixed double skulls. Lauren has an exceptional story to tell after her life was tainted with adversity at the young age of 13. Despite such adversity, Lauren has not let challenges hinder her in any way, and has continually strived to achieve the best she possibly can.

Lauren’s remarkable story began back in 2012 when aged just 13 she awoke paralysed due to the condition Transverse Myelitis. After the horrifying morning, she spent the next eight months attending hospitals and rehabilitation in the hope that she would regain the function of her legs. Despite the adversity that life dealt for Lauren, she continued to strive towards her dream of becoming an Olympian.

Following her dream of becoming an Olympian, Lauren began her elite training aged just 14. She was truly inspired by the London 2012 Paralympic Games, quickly finding talent in wheelchair track racing after watching the games. Her talent in the sport was quickly recognised and she went on to represent her country in both the Commonwealth Games and World Championships. Lauren was also fortunate to find another sporting talent, rowing, and she transitioned from the athletics track to the open waters to pursue rowing.

Lauren was shortly scouted by the British Rowing team, proving to be a dedicated and hard-working sportswoman. Her first impressive performance came in the Senior World Rowing Championships, where she took home a silver medal and qualification for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Lauren delivered an impeccable performance at the games, claiming her first Olympic gold medal aged just 18. With her commitment and talent in rowing evident, Lauren was rewarded with the appointment of Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to rowing. Lauren was also nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

Recently in 2019, Lauren competed at the World Championships again with impeccable form. Whilst at the World Championships she claimed her first World Championship title, as well as a Championship record. As the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games rapidly approach, Lauren is perfecting her skills to make sure that she is able to deliver another impeccable performance in her beloved sport.

As an Olympic speaker, Lauren has quite the story to tell and is able to enlighten guests exploring topics such as adversity, overcoming challenges, teamwork, peak performance and success. She is able to prove that no matter what life brings it is possible to work through it.

To book Lauren Rowles MBE for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact Champions Olympic Speakers using the contact details below.

When at corporate events Lauren is known to cover: 

  • Drive & Determination
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Peak Performance
  • Motivation
  • Dreams & Goal Setting
  • Paralympic Success

Watch Lauren’s story here:

Over the course of her career Lauren has earned the following achievements:

  • Paralympic gold medallist in TA mixed double skulls
  • World Championship gold medallist in PR2 mixed double skulls
  • World Championship silver medallist in TA mixed double skulls
  • Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

See what people had to say about Lauren when she appeared at their event:

“As an NHS Trust we feel it is really important to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our staff and having Lauren there to present the awards to our staff made the evening that extra bit special. She made time to speak to everybody and we know how inspiring our staff found her story. Thanks so much for helping to make the evening a success”-Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

“Lauren was great and received and standing ovation. Her speech was truly inspirational and her incredible story worked really well within our programme. She touched everyone in the room and we received so much praise on the event due to her. Thanks so much Lauren again, it was an honour to have you as our guest speaker”-Sarah, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

“We booked Lauren to be the keynote speaker at a high profile Council event to celebrate our top achieving GCSE students. Lauren not only spoke passionately about her experiences of the ability to overcome the most profound challenges to achieve your dreams, but pitched her speech perfectly to appeal to and inspire both young people and parents. She serves as incredible role model for young people in particular, being both relatable and yet extraordinary in her achievements at the same time. I would have no hesitation at all in recommending Lauren as a speaker for any event”-Erik, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

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