Paralympic glory for student Lauren

Paralympian: Lauren Steadman

Paralympian: Lauren Steadman

A University of Portsmouth Master’s student has won silver at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Lauren Steadman competed in the paratriathlon event on Copacabana beach in Brazil.

The Business School student had taken the lead in the 22km bike leg, but was caught by American Grace Norman on the 5km run.

Head of Sport and Recreation, Paul Tilley, said: “Everyone at Portsmouth is absolutely delighted for Lauren. She thoroughly deserves a medal after three years of dominating her sport and dealing brilliantly with the pressure of being the athlete to beat at every race.

“Over the last five years studying at the University of Portsmouth she has been a fantastic student and role model, and we are so proud to have played a part in helping her achieve this much deserved Paralympic medal.”

Lauren training at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth

Lauren training at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth

Lauren, who was born without her arm below the elbow joint, started swimming before she was a year old. At the age of 15 she competed in the Beijing Paralympic Games. She competed at two Paralympics in swimming before deciding to switch her attention to triathlons.

Lauren has been supported by the University throughout her undergraduate and postgraduate studies through the sports scholarship scheme provided by the Department of Sport and Recreation.

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