Lauren Parker goes for gold one year on from accident

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NAME

Lauren Parker

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Professional Para-Triathlete

FAVOURITE BAND?

Artist - Keith Urban

FAVOURITE SONG?

Habit of You

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Pink because she is original

IS THIS WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF?

Its always been my dream to represent my country.

 

THREE OF YOUR HARDEST MOMENTS?

1. My bike accident in 2017 2. Swimming for the first time after my accident 3. Completing the Ironman World Championships in Kona

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

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Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

FORKS IN THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?

Through mentoring and support from my friends and family.

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC.

Determined, dedicated and focused.

DO YOU HAVE RITUALS? WOULD YOU SHARE ONE WITH US?

I always buy a brand new pair of googles for a race.

HOW CAN WOMEN BEST SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER?

To encourage and uplift one another.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? OR THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN?

To make the most of everyday and not take anything for granted.

WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC?

An electric woman is independent, strong and powerful in whatever she does.

HAVE YOU COME UP AGAINST RESISTANCE WITH WHAT YOU’RE DOING? HOW DID YOU MANAGE IT?

By keeping a strong positive mindset and never giving up.

WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GIVE UP? HOW DO YOU BOUNCE BACK?

The struggle of everyday living in a chair. The support network that I have is what helps me bounce back.

 

WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

Laura Siddall pro triathlete

DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTLE SECRETS TO FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION?

Surround yourself with a good support network.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A KID? HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?

Very active and sporty and nothing has changed.

 

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEENAGER? WHAT MAJOR THINGS DID YOU COME TO REALISE AS YOU GREW UP?

Focused and driven. I learnt not to take anything for granted and don't worry about the little things.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING IN THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

If I could go back and change the day I had my bike accident which changed my life. I would also like to ensure every child has a chance to chase their dreams whether in sport or life in general.

 

Lauren Parker is competing in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Follow her on Instagram here and learn more about the Lauren Parker Foundation here