Rep honours / beach achievements:
2014/15 – Youngest player to win an Open Women’s A division event in Victoria, alongside partner Alba
Volleyball can thank the sporting gods for sending Lauren in their direction, as her original plan was basketball:
“I played competitive basketball for 5 years before switching to volleyball last year. I had been trialling for basketball at the Maribyrnong Sports Academy when the skills coaches invited me to trial for volleyball and I was hooked.”
At only 12, Lauren is quite possibly the brightest prospect in Australian beach volleyball.
In 2014 she picked up a silver medal representing Heidelberg in the Australian U15 National indoor event in Albury; Victorian indoor Schools Cup 1 (U14 and U16)and 3 Day Tournament Champions (U14), as well as captaining the Maribyrnong SC, Western Region Junior State League indoor Winter Competition… of which she was awarded MVP.
It didn’t take her long to make an impact on the floorboards of indoor, and it has taken even less time to create havoc amongst talent-spotters on the sand… becoming the youngest ever player and pairing – alongside Alba (15) – to win an Open Women’s ‘A’ division event in October 2014.
In a single weekend there were a dozen people who’ll now be able to say they were beaten by Lauren, when she represents Australia at an Olympics in the future… by seasons’ end there will be a whole lot more.
“She may be the youngest player we have at the VBVA, but Lauren is by far the most determined! She currently trains like a shorty which, when she grows into her massive feet, will make her almost unstoppable. International medals and Olympic representation are well and truly on the cards.” – Bam
To concentrate on perfecting my skills and game play, then look to the US for a scholarship and to follow my hero Nat Cook’s footsteps to the world scene. But for now, being the youngest player to make the U17 state team in season 2014/15 is my main goal.