Newcastle Triathlon Club and proud Novocastrian sports star Lauren Parker has been recognised again for her sensational season, after taking out the ‘Athlete of the year with a disability’ award, at the 2018 Sport NSW Champions of Sport Awards.
Following a training accident on the bike in April 2017, where she sustained multiple serious injuries including a damaged spinal cord causing paraplegia, Lauren Parker's return to the sport of Triathlon has been one of the most incredible sporting stories of the year.
After months of rehabilitation Lauren was able to get her physical state back to a level where she could compete in Paratriathlon races. After only her 3rd race she was named in the Australian Team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games where she went on to win the bronze medal. By not only just getting to the start line of the biggest races in her sport, but also producing a number of fantastic podium positions, Lauren has helped to elevate the sport of Paratriathlon in Australia as well as provide inspiration to both para-athletes and able-bodied athletes alike.
With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics on the horizon, Lauren is excited to build on her impressive debut Paratriathlon season
"Sport is what saved me. It gave me hope, it gave me goal and I really wanted to get back to the sport that I loved" said Parker. "It all comes back to the support that I’ve received which has been absolutely amazing."
The entire community is immensely proud of Lauren, joining a list of previous winners which features some legends including Kurt Fearnley.
A full list of the successful winners can be found by clicking here