Lauren made her Paralympic debut in Beijing when she was just 15 years old. On her second Games appearance at London 2012, Lauren qualified for the final of both the 100m freestyle S9 and the 400m freestyle S9.
Her background in swimming provides a significant strength in triathlon, which made its debut on the Paralympic programme at Rio 2016.
However a tactical error in the swim at Copacabana - when she missed a buoy and had to swim an additional 25 metres - made the race even more difficult for Lauren.
In the end her time of 1:11.43 was over a minute behind American gold medallist Grace Norman and while Steadman succeeded in winning silver she admitted the error took its toll.
Lauren still has a gold medal from Rio, won at the World Swimming Championships in 2009 as part of a British relay squad that also broke the world record
She first got into Triathlon after her uncle, who is a triathlete, suggested she should try it. She entered her first triathlon, the British Championships, in Nottingham 2011 and finished second. At the Para-triathlon World Championships in Auckland Lauren won silver in the Aquathlon (swim-run) event and finished 5th in the triathlon (Tri4 classification).
She is originally from Peterborough but is currently based in Portsmouth having completed a degree in Psychology at Portsmouth University. Lauren gained a First Class Degree when she graduated in 2014 and has now embarked on post-graduate studies.
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