Paralympic swimmer graduates with a first

Double Paralympian Lauren Steadman
Double Paralympian Lauren Steadman
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A PARALYMPIAN swimmer has graduated today from the University of Portsmouth with a first-class degree in psychology.

Lauren Steadman, 21, will now start a master’s in business, which she will study part-time while training for the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

The European champion triathlete, who was born without her right arm below the elbow joint, has already competed in two Paralympics for Great Britain, her first at the age of 15.

She said: ‘I’m always realistic when setting myself goals, as I don’t like to be over-optimistic, but I knew that if I tried my best across the assignment and exams then a first could be achieved.

‘When I saw that I was being awarded a first, I called my mum straight away and told her the good news.’

Lauren receives additional support from the University of Portsmouth as one of their sports scholars, to allow her to study and compete.

Elite scholars receive a wide range of help including free access to the university sports facilities and expert coaching.

Head of sport and recreation Paul Tilley said: ‘Lauren is a first-class student and through her time at Portsmouth as an undergraduate we’ve fully supported her sporting ambitions as one of our sports scholars.

‘We look forward to continuing to support her over the next few years of her postgraduate studies leading up to Rio 2016.’