Steadman leads the charge with Edmonton gold

Lauren Steadman won gold in Edmonton. Picture: Sarah Standing
Lauren Steadman won gold in Edmonton. Picture: Sarah Standing
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Lauren Steadman continued her fantastic success as she triumphed in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton, Canada.

Taking gold, she finished ahead of four-time champion Faye McClelland in the PT4 category for athletes with arm impairments.

Fellow Brit Clare Cunningham completed a brilliant team display by getting bronze in the race.

Portsmouth University graduate Steadman felt the GB one, two, three was great testament to the work they have put in.

She said: ‘It was fantastic to stand up there next to Faye and Claire to show British triathlon is leading the way forward as a whole in Parasport.

‘I know they train really hard and we all give tough effort. I’m really glad they all had a medal with me for all their hard effort.’

After competing on a number of triathlon courses Steadman revealed that, even though Hyde Park is still her favourite, Edmonton was definitely a great experience to remember for her.

The crowds were good and the former swimming Paralympian relished the challenges offered by the course.

‘I was a bit apprehensive because there was a hill in there, but apart from that it was good,’ she said.

‘The swim was beautiful because they had chlorinated the lake so it was my favourite part. The bike and the run was a challenge, but I enjoy a good challenge on top of a triathlon.

‘It was beautiful weather and there were big crowds out which was lovely.’

The triumph follows Steadman’s success at the ETU Paratriathlon Europeans in Kitzbuhel where she retained her European title.

But it isn’t the end of the season for the athlete.

Steadman travels to Madrid for the ITU World Paratriathlon event later this month, which is her last race of this year’s sporting calendar.

‘I’m looking forward to couple of days off after that,’ she added.

‘I’m going to stay out in Madrid for a bit because I’ve never been.’

There is no real break for the Portsmouth Nomads ace, though.

Steadman is preparing to start a Master’s in Business and Management at Portsmouth University, where she recently graduated with first-class honours in psychology.

‘It was very challenging for me –my training took a big knock at the beginning of last year.

‘But I sacrificed a bit of my training for wanting to achieve a high result in my degree.

‘And then once I’d done all my exams I put myself fully into training which seemed to pay off. I’m really really pleased.

‘I’m going to be doing my Masters part-time so hopefully I can compete in the next two years before Rio.

‘The plan is to do two days a week at university and the rest for training.’

Portsmouth University, Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club and Up and Running Sports Clinic have all played a big part in Steadman’s impressive progress in the sport of triathlon.