Lauren Rowles


Lauren’s remarkable journey began in 2012 at the age of 13 when she woke up one morning paralysed from the waist down. From there She spent the following eight months in hospitals and rehabilitation units trying to regain the use of her legs. Despite being left physically impaired from Transverse Myelitis, Lauren was determined to make it as an Olympic athlete she had dreamed of as a young girl.

Lauren began her career as an elite athlete aged just 14 after she was inspired by the London 2012 Paralympic Games. She quickly found a talent in wheelchair track racing and she soon represented Great Britain on the international stage, including the Commonwealth Games and Junior World Championships. Lauren transitioned from Athletics to Rowing in 2015 after being scouted by the British Rowing Team and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Five months after she took her first stroke, Lauren won a silver medal at the Senior World Rowing Championships and qualified her boat for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio the following year.

Lauren made her mark on the global sporting stage after winning a Paralympic gold medal at the Rio 2016 Games at the age of just 18. Subsequently, Lauren was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for her services to Rowing and has been nominated for several prestigious awards, including the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year.

Despite having three major surgeries since 2016 Lauren returned to the international stage in 2019 to claim her first World Championship title and Championship record. With less than one year to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Lauren is currently hard at work to ensure that she replicates her Paralympic success four years later.

Lauren is an experienced public speaker and offers a unique and refreshing insight into her journey and sporting career. Lauren is incredibly versatile and can tailor talks to client’s needs. Previously Lauren has delivered talks based on motivation, dreams and goal setting, teamwork and how to face adversity.

The exceptionally talented and wonderfully inspiring Lauren Rowles is available to hire for all manner of events and engagements around the world through the Champions Speakers agency where she is certain to deliver a compelling, engaging and motivating performance that proves with hard work anything is possible!

To book Lauren Rowles for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Lauren is known to cover the following topics:

  • Drive & Determination
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Peak Performance
  • Motivation
  • Dreams & Goal Setting

“As an NHS Trust we feel it is really important to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our staff and having Lauren there to present the awards to our staff made the evening that extra bit special. She made time to speak to everybody and we know how inspiring our staff found her story. Thanks so much for helping to make the evening a success.” – Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

“Lauren was great and received and standing ovation. Her speech was truly inspirational and her incredible story worked really well within our programme. She touched everyone in the room and we received so much praise on the event due to her. Thanks so much Lauren again, it was an honour to have you as our guest speaker” – Sarah, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

“We booked Lauren to be the keynote speaker at a high profile Council event to celebrate our top achieving GCSE students. Lauren not only spoke passionately about her experiences of the ability to overcome the most profound challenges to achieve your dreams, but pitched her speech perfectly to appeal to and inspire both young people and parents. She serves as incredible role model for young people in particular, being both relatable and yet extraordinary in her achievements at the same time. I would have no hesitation at all in recommending Lauren as a speaker for any event.
– Erik, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham