GB Boxing’s Lauren Price has been named BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2021 following her gold medal winning performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The award was chosen by a panel of sporting experts who voted the 27-year-old from Ystrad Mynach the winner after she became the first Welsh boxers in history – male or female – to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing.
Lauren said: “”This is a brilliant end to a fantastic year. I have wanted to go to the Olympics since the age of eight, so to finally get to do it and then go on to win gold was a dream come true.
“The support I have had from people in Wales has been amazing and to win this award, after all the great people that have gone before me, is a massive honour and very humbling.”
The award capped an amazing year for Price, which saw her fulfil her childhood dream of competing at the Olympics, when the Tokyo Games finally got underway in July 2021.
She went on to win Team GB’s final gold medal of the Games when she defeated Qi Lian of China on in the women’s middleweight final on the last day of competition.
Earlier in the year, she had been interviewed by His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, at Kensington Palace in London. The meeting took place on Lauren’s 27th birthday and saw the future king, present her with a birthday cake to mark the occasion.
In the interview, Lauren told the Duke the story of her life and sporting career, which saw her win multiple world titles at kickboxing and secure 52 international caps playing football for Wales, before switching to boxing in 2014.
She talked-about the critical role played by her grandparents, Derek and Linda, who had brought her up from three days-old and encouraged her passion for sport.
Sadly her grandfather, Derek, passed away in the latter part of 2020, but Lauren dedicated her victory in the Olympic final to him, when she pointed to the heavens after being announced as the winner of her final.
Lauren added: “I owe so much to my grandparents and I want to thank them for everything they have done for me. I would not have achieved anything without their love and support and this award is as much for them as for me. It is sad that my grandad is not here to see it but I am sure he is looking down on me and I know how proud he would have been of my Olympic gold and seeing me win this award.”