Keeping her dream alive, an athlete feature with PTWC Paratriathlon Lauren Parker

By Chelsea White | 28 Sep, 2018
With the dream of one day winning the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Aussie Lauren Parker was badly injured in a bike crash that left her paralyzed from the waist down. However, despite her circumstances and the newly claimed life that introduced her to a world in a wheelchair, Parker has reentered triathlon as an elite Paratriathlete who earned the bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Paratriathlon World Championships in Gold Coast.

In early April of 2017, Australian triathlete Lauren Parker felt at the peak of her career. After finishing second in the 2015 Ironman World Championships in Kona, the 28-year-old triathlete was training for 35 hours a week with a goal on her mind: a podium at the Ironman Australia Triathlon in Port Macquarie. On an early morning ride a week before the race, she crashed into a guardrail while travelling about 45km/h, suffering broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken scapula, broken back and a broken pelvis, all causing her to lose any feeling from the waist down.

Doctors gave her only a one percent chance of walking again, which meant that Parker had to adapt to her new circumstances of life in a wheelchair, one journey that has not always been easy or enjoyable. But despite all of that, Parker was determined to continue in the sport she loved. Just nine months after her accident, she competed and podiumed in the 2018 St. Kilda OUT Paratriathlon Oceania Championships, which qualified her to represent Team Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Competing in the PTWC sport class in paratriathlon, she then went and claimed the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games. But the success did not stop there, she also finished third overall in the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, proving that determination trumps circumstances always and inspiration can come from anyone’s story.

Related Event: 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast
12 - Sep, 2018 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Vincent Luis FRA 01:44:34
2. Mario Mola ESP 01:44:48
3. Richard Murray RSA 01:44:56
4. Pierre Le Corre FRA 01:45:01
5. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 01:45:04
6. Henri Schoeman RSA 01:45:06
7. Jacob Birtwhistle AUS 01:45:46
8. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 01:45:51
9. Marten Van Riel BEL 01:45:56
10. Tyler Mislawchuk CAN 01:45:57
Results: Elite Women
1. Ashleigh Gentle AUS 01:52:00
2. Vicky Holland GBR 01:52:02
3. Katie Zaferes USA 01:52:33
4. Laura Lindemann GER 01:52:53
5. Kirsten Kasper USA 01:53:15
6. Melanie Santos POR 01:53:26
7. Taylor Spivey USA 01:53:28
8. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 01:53:31
9. Leonie Periault FRA 01:53:33
10. Jodie Stimpson GBR 01:53:41
Results: U23 Men
1. Tayler Reid NZL 01:44:08
2. Samuel Dickinson GBR 01:44:20
3. Bence Bicsák HUN 01:44:31
4. Léo Bergere FRA 01:44:39
5. Jørgen Gundersen NOR 01:44:44
6. Lasse Lührs GER 01:44:47
7. Gabriel Allgayer GER 01:45:19
8. Antonio Serrat Seoane ESP 01:45:32
9. Hayden Wilde NZL 01:45:38
10. Alex Yee GBR 01:45:41
Results: U23 Women
1. Taylor Knibb USA 01:53:47
2. Cassandre Beaugrand FRA 01:55:22
3. Angelica Olmo ITA 01:56:39
4. Nicole Van Der Kaay NZL 01:57:02
5. Erika Ackerlund USA 01:57:18
6. Sandra Dodet FRA 01:57:32
7. Jaz Hedgeland AUS 01:57:39
8. Yuliya Golofeeva RUS 01:57:51
9. Sophie Linn AUS 01:58:01
10. Nina Eim GER 01:58:25
Results: Junior Men
1. Csongor Lehmann HUN 00:52:49
2. Paul Georgenthum FRA 00:53:12
3. Philipp Wiewald GER 00:53:14
4. Boris Pierre FRA 00:53:20
5. Lorcan Redmond AUS 00:53:22
6. Oscar Coggins HKG 00:53:37
7. Vetle Bergsvik Thorn NOR 00:53:39
8. Pavlos Antoniades CAN 00:53:40
9. Vasco Vilaca POR 00:53:50
10. Saxon Morgan NZL 00:53:54
Results: Junior Women
1. Cecilia Sayuri Ramirez Alavez MEX 00:59:11
2. Erin Wallace GBR 00:59:23
3. Kate Waugh GBR 00:59:34
4. Pauline Landron FRA 00:59:46
5. Romy Wolstencroft AUS 00:59:51
6. Magdalena Früh AUT 01:00:03
7. Jessica Fullagar FRA 01:00:08
8. Desirae Ridenour CAN 01:00:10
9. Quinty Schoens NED 01:00:12
10. Celia Merle FRA 01:00:16