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Lauren Burns

Lauren Burns OAM, Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist (BHSc) Olympic Gold Medallist, Taekwondo Sydney 2000

Lauren Burns created sporting history by winning the first Olympic gold medal for Taekwondo when the sport made its debut at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The nation watched as Lauren’s victory brought the Australian public and Olympic crowd to its feet. Before her Olympic win, few people knew that Lauren had been 12 times Australian Champion and had achieved a string of international titles including numerous medals at world championship level.


  • What Can Be Imagined, Can Be Achieved


Lauren Burns was the keynote speaker for the annual Casey Student Leaders Reception. This event brings together school captains from primary and secondary schools across the City of Casey, to congratulate them on their appointment and explore the idea of leadership. Lauren spoke well to the audience which had a broad age range, and her message was right on target. Her talk certainly inspired the idea that with vision, hard work and determination, you can achieve great things. Lauren had everyone feeling energised as she had them on their feet going through some Taekwondo moves. The board break and use of video were very engaging and added another element to her presentation. Lauren was very friendly, as well as being quite patient and generous with her time when it came to having photos and signing autographs after the official speeches concluded. We also couldn’t believe how willing she was to share her medal and have it passed around the theatre, creating much excitement for the students!

—K. Wilmot, Youth Events Officer, City of Casey Library, April 2012

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