- • 2014 Commonwealth Games – Bronze
• 2016 European Championships – Bronze
• 2018 Commonwealth Games – Gold
• 2018 Women’s European Championships – Bronze
• 2018 Women’s World Championships – Bronze
• 2019 European Games – Gold
• 2019 Women’s World Championships – Gold
In 2014 Lauren faced a dilemma. Choose to continue an international football career that may lead to the World Cup or embark on a new career in boxing and aim for the Olympic Games.
Buoyed by a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she opted for boxing. And it has proven to be a very good decision as she is now the most decorated female boxer in the GB Boxing squad and the reigning world champion.
Born in the Welsh town of Ystrad Mynch in Caerphilly, Lauren was a multi-talented all-round sportsperson from a young age and was a world champion Kickboxer at the age of 12. At 16, she spent six months as part of the world class programme for Taekwondo after being scouted via the Fighting Chance talent campaign.
A talented footballer, she also played more than 100 games for Cardiff City FC’s women’s team and won 52 international caps playing for Wales after making her debut at the age of 16.
Her dream though had always been to go to the Olympic Games and after her success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she committed to boxing. A bronze medal followed at the 2016 European Championships and by the end of the year she had become a member of the GB Boxing squad.
In 2018 she had had a great year winning gold at Commonwealth Games followed by bronze at both the European and world championships.
This paved the way for a spectacular twelve months in 2019 which saw her become only the third women from Great Britain, and the first from Wales, to win the world championship, when she defeated Nouchka Fontijn of Holland in a dramatic final.
Her victory in the world championship followed a gold medal winning performance at the 2019 European Games in June and was part of a run that saw Lauren remain unbeaten throughout the calendar year which she finished as the number one ranked female middleweight in the world.