Lauren Burns OAM
The Golden Girl
Lauren Burns created sporting history by winning the first ever Olympic medal for Taekwondo when the sport made its debut at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Lauren was one of only three Australian women to win an individual Olympic Gold Medal, along with Cathy Freeman and Susie O Neill. Her amazing triumph at the Sydney Games was achieved against the odds requiring enormous discipline, commitment, perseverance and teamwork. 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. Laurens gold medal has put Australia on the map as a major international competitor for the sport of Taekwondo. Since the Sydney Olympics, Lauren has emerged as one of the most successful Olympians from these Games. She is in the top echelon of Australia’s most sought after speakers and has spoken to over 250,000 people in the past 10 years. In her presentations Lauren talks about what it takes to be successful, she transforms her stories and experiences into life skills making them entertaining and relevant to her listeners.
Lauren 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 has over 200 people breaking boards, all in the space of four minutes! Her presentations always leave the audience buzzing with excitement.
“Brilliant! Lauren was enthralling - she captivated the audience as she spoke with us. This is quite rare as most presenters seem to speak to you and it's so much more fulfilling and inspiring to have someone - a perfect stranger - just neatly and happily step into your mind. I have already experienced a number of highly excited people congratulating us for letting them hear Lauren. Lauren won the hearts of everyone in the room as we all experienced the highs and lows of her sporting career - please let her know how much we enjoyed her adventure and how she captured our hearts.” IGA
"Lauren's presentation was just fantastic! Exciting and uplifting. She had obviously listened closely to our brief and her talk enhanced the theme of our conference. She was able to win over the hard-bitten experienced pros amongst our sales team as well as inspire us all to achieve more through dedication, passion and unwavering self belief! Her presentation style was warm, with simple, easy to grasp messages on success in professional and personal endeavours. Highly recommended!" Metricon Homes Pty Ltd
"Our organisation has always used people from our industry as official speakers at functions. This would include graduates, distinguished scientists and presidents of pharmacy and pharmaceutical organisations. These speakers have been excellent but as we had a very mixed crowd at this event, we decided to go for a young non-science speaker. It was a risk that paid off! Lauren was the highlight of the night. Her presentation appealed to everyone there from grandparents down to young siblings of the graduates. Her speech was funny, interesting and very inspiring. I would recommend her to anyone needing a young vibrant speaker for an event with a mixed audience." College of Pharmacy, Monash University