A horror cycling accident less than 12 months ago might have broken many of her bones, but it did not break Lauren Parker’s undeniable spirit.
Less than a year of rehabilitation and hard training was rewarded yesterday when the 29-year-old Lake Macquarie athlete was named in the Australian team to compete in the Commonwealth Games Para-Sport competition on the Gold Coast in April.
Lauren Parker’s horrific crash near Raymond Terrace on April 18 last year took away her ability to compete as an able bodied athlete, but it did not dim her never-say-die attitude, sheer guts and a courage rarely seen in any competitor.
Over the weekend, Lauren competed in a Gold Coast triathlon, finishing second to the world champion, Emily Tatt, of Canberra in her category. Lauren was deriding the fact that, because of the inclement weather, the race was changed to a run-cycle-run event, taking out the swim leg, the one at which she excels.
“I was not beaten by far, but believe that the race would have been mine if the swim leg had remained in the triathlon.”
That result, plus recent exceptional performances, obviously impressed the Commonwealth Games selection committee who had no hesitation in naming Lauren in a strong team to represent her country.
In the meantime, a ‘super excited’ Lauren has a lot on her plate. She was flying out of soggy Brisbane this morning headed for home, “beautiful sunny Newcastle.”
Lauren will spend three days this week filming for an appearance on 60 Minutes, a story which will document her horrendous accident, the circumstances surrounding it, and her remarkable recovery to become an Australian Para-Sport representative two weeks before the first anniversary of that life changing crash.
Lauren will go into camp on the Gold Coast on April 3. Prior to that a Charity Ball in Lauren’s honour is being staged at Wests Leagues Club on March 17.