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Ones to Watch - Lauren Williams

Lauren is in with a fighting chance of a medal from Tokyo

Sport: Taekwondo

Age: 22

Based: Manchester

Lauren Williams has been turning heads in the taekwondo world since she was a teenager.

Winning her first international gold as a 15-year-old, Lauren has gone from strength to strength, with a medal collection of championship event wins that most would be jealous of… and she’s only just turned 22!

Lauren, who hails from Blackwood near Caerphilly, was first discovered through UK Sport and GB Taekwondo’s ‘Fighting Chance’ programme, a talent search scheme designed to find future Olympians to represent Great Britain.

Having previously been a kickboxer, Lauren was motivated to make the switch to the Korean martial art of taekwondo after watching Jade Jones become an Olympic champion at London 2012.

Lauren has also dabbled in other sports such as swimming, football and rugby but it is with taekwondo where her talent undoubtedly lies.

Ambition is something that Lauren isn’t lacking. Despite already being a two-time European Champion, she aims to become a World and Olympic gold medallist in the near future.

Outside of the sport, Lauren loves nothing more than relaxing with family and going to the gym with friends and teammates. Her Instagram and YouTube channels give an amazing insight into her dedication for her sport and the love she has for family and friends.

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