Sport for Women

Lauren Burnes

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Taekwondo
Location: Australia

Lauren Burns created sporting history by winning the first Olympic gold medal for Taekwondo when the sport made its debut at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Lauren was one of only three Australian women to win an individual Olympic Gold Medal, along with Cathy Freeman and Susie O'Neill.

Top 100 Sportswomen Nomination

Lauren is a very inspirational woman, giving a relatively unknown sport, an audience. She beat the odds and won gold for Australia, and now juggles her role as a mother, with motvational speaking.

- Geoff Pratchett


Greatest sporting achievement: Olympic Gold Medal, Sydney 2000 (women’s -49kg)

Greatest achievement off the field: My beautiful children, Mac and Piper

Who is your sporting heroine? Any athlete who follows their passion and seeks new information.

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? These days I mainly keep fit with weights, boxing and swimming. When I was training for the Olympics, I trained 7hrs a day 5 days a week and 3hrs on Saturdays. Sunday was rest day.

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? I am a trained naturopath and food and nutrition has always been very important to me. I am a vegetarian and have been since the age of 3. Training for taekwondo I had to make weight divisions which posed it’s own challenges. I needed to make sure I ate well to have the speed, strength and mental clarity to perform at my best. I loved this challenge.

What do you love about your sport? The kicks and the strategy! It is so wonderfully dynamic. Bringing everything together; the mind, body and spirit to culminate in a strategic game in the ring. It’s incredibly exciting.

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? Politics

What motivates you? The quest for self improvement. Challenging myself to be better and ultimately, sheep passion and enthusiasm.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? I am a fulltime mum now, Corporate speaker, author and naturopath.

Three words that describe you: Passionate, Motivated, Loving

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Look up Taekwondo Australia in the Yellow Pages and find the 3 nearest clubs to you. Visit all three! You will instantly get a feel of the one that suits you.