Dr Lauren Burns won an Olympic gold medal in taekwondo when the sport made its debut at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. She has a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy), is a mother of two gorgeous children and is the author Fighting Spirit and her self published cookbook Food from a Loving Home.
Lauren was awarded the Order of Australia in 2001 and has a string of international titles and achievements to her name. She conducts regular motivational presentations, active workshops and health and wellness programs and individual performance coaching, throughout Australia and abroad. Lauren is currently working with the Gold Medal Ready program run through the Australian Institute of Sport, assisting athletes preparing for Tokyo and Paris. She also sits on the Scholarship Selection Committee for the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Lauren has always been passionate about food and health. She continues this passion with regular media commitments, articles, blogging and cooking classes. She has a PhD in Athlete
Lifestyle and Mindset, and works closely with the Australian Institute of Sport both with the Gold Medal Ready program and with their research institute.
2001 – 2002
World Vision, Ambassador for Destroy a minefield, rebuild lives campaign (Cambodia)
2001 – 2009
Red Dust Role Models, conducting healthy lifestyle and taekwondo clinics in Indian, Fijian and remote Aboriginal communities.
2003 – 2015
Appin Hall Children’s Foundation, regular clinics and workshops (taekwondo and nutrition) for terminally ill or disadvantaged children and families.
2004 – 2006
Member of Athletes Commission of both Australian Olympic Committee and Taekwondo Australia
2010 – 2012
Ambassador for the ‘Organic Schools Garden Program’
2014 – 2015
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program – Teaching teachers involved in the program new recipes
2014 – current
Nino Early Learning – Nutritional Ambassador; creating seasonal, wholefood, delicious menu’s for Nino’s Centres
“Lauren presented for us at our International Women’s Day event and had everyone enthralled with her story, we even got to learn some Taekwondo moves!
I couldn’t recommend her more highly, she was both engaging and entertaining…a great story of determination.
Amelia Collins - Bendigo Bank Clifton Hill/North Fitrzoy