Lauren Burns was one of only three Australian women individual Olympic Gold Medallists at the Sydney 2000 Olympics with Cathy Freeman and Susie O’Neill being the other two. Her amazing performance at the Sydney Games was achieved against the odds and with an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance and teamwork.

For Lauren Burns to win the Gold she had to shed weight, almost starving herself, overcome numerous injuries and operations, and make many personal sacrifices. “But in the long run it was all worth it!”

Lauren Burns is a 12 Times Australian National Taekwondo Champion and has competed Internationally for over 7 years. She won medals at the World Championships in 1996 and 1997 and won Gold at the US Open in 1999. But the crowning glory was undoubtedly her Olympic victory in the Under 49 Kilogram Class.

In her presentation Lauren Burns talks about what it takes to be successful. She transforms her stories and experiences into life skills that are relevant to her listeners. She interacts with her audience in a fun manner and even gets someone to break a board!

Lauren Burns interacts with her audience in a fun manner with the added highlight of inviting someone up on stage to break a board with the palm of their hand. Lauren has the ability to create active audience participation with groups of 10 to 10,000. During her more ‘active’ workshops Lauren Burns has over 200 people breaking boards, all in the space of four minutes! Her presentations always leave the audience buzzing with excitement.

“Lauren’s presentations are always inspirational, captivating and entertaining. She is unquestionably one of the best speakers in this country.”


12 Times Australian Champion since 1993

Australian Team Member Since 1993


2000 Olympic Gold Medallist

2000 US Open, Silver

1999 US Open, Gold

1997 World Championships, Bronze

1996 World Cup, Bronze

1995 Belgian Open, Gold

1994 IOC Seoul International, Gold


Best Selling Author “Fighting Spirit”

Order Of Australia Medal

3rd Dan Black Belt

Young Australian of the Year, Nillumbik Shire 2001

Sports Medal Recipient 2001

Leader Newspaper Sports Star of the Year 2001

Blitz Female Full Contact Fighter of the Year 1999, 2001

Women’s Team Captain, Australian Taekwondo Team

Taekwondo Australian Fighter of the Year 2000