Cadet to champion
Lauren competing in Cardiff
Cadet to champion
What's it like winning a gold medal? "The best feeling in the world!"
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30/04/15
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Leading Cadet Lauren, from Somerset and Dorset district, started waterskiing two years ago, when she was 11 – just a few weeks later, she won her first competition.

Since then she has gone on to represent Great Britain and win several championships and gold medals. 

Lauren told Current about what it’s like being a champion…

How did you get into waterskiing?

"My dad competes, so from a young age I was going to all the events. I was never bothered about having a go until we went to Lochearnhead for a race two years ago. Someone asked if I wanted to ski behind their boat, so I gave it a go and that was it. I entered into my first race three weeks later and amazingly, won my age category!"

What’s the best thing about waterskiing?

"Recreational skiing is great fun, especially wake boarding as you can do tricks. But waterski racing is my favourite, as I love going fast and trying to beat my personal best."

How did it feel to become British and European champion?

"Absolutely awesome! I went into the 2014 season just with the goal of competing in all the nationals, and if I got a podium place, that would be cool. I was over the moon that I won both of these events."


“It was the best feeling in the world holding the Union Flag while doing the lap of honour.”


"Then I got picked for Team GB for the European Championships, in Vichy and Eguzon in France, which was a major challenge as it was four races over eight days. It was down to just me and a girl from Belgium – we were neck-and-neck going into the last race. I had to dig deep and was determined to win, which I did. It was the best feeling in the world holding the Union Flag while doing the lap of honour."


On the podium at the European Championships in Eguzon, France, where she won gold

How much training is there? How do you fit it all in?

"I have to do a lot of training! I do land-based training like karate, cycling and jogging (which I hate, but don't tell my dad!) and do as much water training as possible, tide and weather permitting. Luckily, Sea Cadets fits around it."

What’s next for you?

"I am going up to the next age category this year, so I will have to race for double the time that I did last year. I have been working hard on fitness and will be competing in the European cup series. My goal is to gain a place in junior girls Team GB for the world championships in 2017, in Seattle, USA. There is a lot of work to do before then though!"

Would you recommend waterskiing to other cadets?

"Definitely. There are loads of types for everyone to try, like wakeboarding, slalom, kneeboarding, barefoot, wakeskating, tricks and jump. There are clubs around the country, so you just have to give it a go. It is a major part of our family life and is the main topic of conversation over the dinner table!"

What does Sea Cadets mean to you?

"I love it! My aim is to go to Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College and in turn join the navy, so Sea Cadets provides great experience. I am really looking forward to doing my Naval Acquaintance Course at HMS Raleigh soon, and going on an offshore voyage on TS Jack Petchey in November. I feel proud to be part Sea Cadets and would recommend it to anyone."


VITAL STATISTICS:

Began waterskiing aged 11 and won her first race 3 weeks later

Part of Team GB Waterski Racing team

British champion in 2013 and 2014

Takes part in 6 national races, 5 European races and 4 regional races each season

Was crowned European Cup champion in 2014

Won gold and helped Team GB win gold at the 2014 European Championships

Personal Best: 65 miles per hour!



Lauren on Remembrance Sunday 2014, with her dad,
an Auxillary Coastguard and Station Officer

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