UWIC’s Lauren ‘sleighs’ the opposition in World Cup
WHEN Lauren Therin began her degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), she was an athlete specialising in javelin – but three years on she has just been awarded a medal at the World Bobsleigh Championships.
Lauren, 22, changed direction from the javelin after chatting to a friend at university in 2006 who suggested she might be good at Bobsleigh. Practising throughout the summer at a circuit in Bath, Lauren competed in a bobsleigh race for the first time at the International Europa Cup Circuit that year.
This year, Lauren and her driving partner Nicola Minichiello raced at the European Bobsleigh Championships in Torino, Italy and finished in sixth place, placing them on the podium with other medal winners.
The team then went on to their fourth race of the International World Cup Circuit, where they finished fourth place – another medal finish, followed by the World Championships in Germany where they finished in 6th place.
Lauren, who has also competed at the Commonwealth Games in the javelin, said the pair were delighted with their achievements so far.
“Germany usually dominate the Bobsleigh competitions worldwide, so it was fantastic to be standing amongst the German teams on the podium representing Great Britain,” said Lauren.
“We also beat the Canadian team, another country which usually dominates the ceremony, so we really felt we’d achieved something. Hopefully, we will continue to do well next season.”
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