Nominated for Sport award
Lauren Price from Ystrad Mynach has always shown a keen interest in sport. At the age of 8, she was asked to write down 3 goals a part of a school project. Her were to become a kickboxing world champion, play international football for Wales and go to the Olympic Games. By last year, she had achieved all 3 of those goals, as well as winning an Olympic Gold medal.
From a young age, she was kickboxing for up to 10 hours a week and playing football matches on the weekend. When she was 13 years of age, she was beating adults in kickboxing. She won 4 senior world kickboxing titles, as well as a host of European gold medals, whilst still continuing to play football.
She represented Wales at football at under 16, under 17, under 19 and senior level - all before her 17th birthday. She went on to play for Wales 52 times across all age groups and captained Wales under 19s as well as winning two senior caps in 2012/13.
She later took up boxing when Women’s boxing was added to the Commonwealth Games programme. She competed for Team Wales in 2014 and won a bronze medal. Lauren went on to win a Commonwealth gold medal in 2018 and the following year, she won a gold at the European Championships in the summer followed by her first World title in the autumn. In 2021, her dream of taking part in the Olympic Games was realised when she not only took part but became the first Welsh woman to win a gold medal in boxing.