Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee
challenge kaiserwinkl-walchsee

Lauren Steadman falling in love with triathlon again after doubting her future in the sport


Lauren Steadman finished third in Pontevedra on Saturday, but she still came away a winner.

The British Paralympic gold medallist from Tokyo says she is now rekindling her love for the sport after a period where she doubted whether she could even continue to swim, bike and run. Spain over the weekend appears to have been a major landmark in that journey.

Last month Lauren was hugely disappointed to be overlooked for a slot in the Paris Test Event, revealing that she was “devastated” to miss out.

She had very different feelings after Pontevedra, following that third-place finish behind American Grace Norman and fellow British star Claire Cashmore at the World Triathlon Para Championships.


Steadman and a ‘genuine happy heart’

Writing on Instagram, she revealed: “Yesterday was not about winning for me but about stepping forward and being present with a genuine happy heart 🀍

“This year, I have not been training for triathlon, but filling my heart with learning to love sport again πŸš΄πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŠπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

“I was given freedom to be myself, and therefore to finish 3rd in the world, filled me with pride, self-love and confidence πŸ₯‰

“It has been a hard year, I lost my love and fun for triathlon, and at moments I wasn’t sure if I could continue to do the sport that has given me so much.

“With understanding, kindness, and guidance, I have navigated this season surrounded by friends, family, and coaches 🫢🏼I am feeling more like myself, and most importantly happy and energised to continue the battle onto Paris 2024 πŸ‡«πŸ‡·”


All roads lead to Paris

That Paris goal of course is now very much priority number one for Steadman, and she is now homing in on qualification for the big dance in the French capital next summer.

“Very shortly I am due to begin training specifically for triathlon, alongside my coach @robin.a.brew and we have one more qualification criteria to hit this season to secure Paris qualification, this will be a race in Malaga in 4 weeks πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‘ŠπŸΌ”

Graham Shaw
Written by
Graham Shaw
Graham has been involved with TRI247 & RUN247 since the summer of 2021. Since then he has provided strategic direction for all news and is passionate about the growth of triathlon as a fan sport.
Latest News
Sam Long wins IRONMAN 703 Gulf Coast 2023 [Photo credit: Julio Aguilar / Getty Images for IRONMAN]
IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells: Start time, preview and how to follow live
Collin Chartier - PTO US Open 2022
World Anti-Doping Agency publish List of Prohibited Substances and Methods for 2024
David Tilbury-Davis is one of triathlon's most experienced coaches.
David Tilbury-Davis on the continuum of coaching, imposter syndrome and learning from his athletes
Taylor Knibb IRONMAN World Championship Kona 2023 Bike Leg
What makes Taylor tick? Knibb on learning from experiences, Kona and Nice 2024
Challenge Barcelona 2023 - Photo Credit: Jose Luis Hourcade
Racing his idol Alistair Brownlee a massive draw as Dan Dixon steps up for 70.3 Bahrain ‘experiment’