Lauren Burns OAM

Taekwondo Olympic Gold Medallist

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.

Lauren Burns is in the top echelon of Australia's most sought after speakers and has spoken to over 200,000 people. In her presentations she talks about what it takes to be successful. By transforming her stories and experiences into life skills, she makes them both entertaining and highly relevant to her listeners.

About Lauren Burns:

Lauren Burns has been doing the Korean martial art of taekwondo for nineteen years. She is a third dan black belt and competed internationally for over seven years.

After growing up without much involvement in sport it was a surprise to Lauren's friends when she took up taekwondo at the age of fourteen. Enthusiasm to attend her first lesson was spurred on by her brother Michael who started at age seven motivated to learn the skills of the '80's craze "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". Lauren, Michael and their father Ronnie all attended regular classes but it was Lauren that got a taste for the competitive side of taekwondo.

Lauren's focus and determination strengthened as her desire to become a better taekwondo player grew. In 1994 taekwondo was announced as an Olympic sport and Korean coach Jintae Jeong was appointed National coach. Although Lauren had been on many national teams her commitment to the sport became paramount with this announcement.

She trained 5-7 hours each day with the goal of making the Olympic team in the -49kg class strong in mind. However this goal changed over time and with medal success on the world circuit, Lauren's dream became that of Olympic gold.

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. Lauren's 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 the recipient of an Order of Australia Medal. Lauren was the 2001 Sports Medal Recipient and Blitz Female Full Contact Fighter of the Year (1999 and 2001). As a Red Dust Role Model, Lauren works with indigenous youth in remote Northern Territory with an aim to ‘enrich lives and encourage their dreams'. She is the ambassador for World Vision's Destroy a minefield, rebuild lives campaign. The aim of the campaign is to raise funds to rid Cambodia of landmines.

Lauren Burns speaks about:

By focusing on what it takes to be successful, Lauren's keynote presentations are inspirational, entertaining, captivating and fun. She has the impressive ability to create active audience participation with groups of 10 to 10,000, including inviting someone up on stage to break a board with the palm of their hand. 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.

Lauren also conducts Active Workshops where all participants break a board.

Workshop highlights include:

  • Try something new by getting involved in fun and active participation
  • Get out of your comfort zone and reach your peak state
  • Some handy hints for your self defence toolbox
  • Personal Olympic experiences and behind the scene anecdotes!
  • Stress Less
  • Board breaking by audience members

These days Lauren enjoys a variety of commitments, she is the mother of 2 beautiful children, she is involved with Red Dust Role Models, conducting healthy lifestyle clinics in remote aboriginal, Fijian and Indian communities. She is involved in her parents charity Appin Hall Children's Foundation and has recently released and self published her latest book; Food from a Loving Home, a collection of vegetarian recipes.

Client testimonials

My staff were taken out of their comfort zone… They were inspired and motivated as they participated in real life martial arts and created strong memories that they will draw on during tough times. The best thing was they had great fun learning focus, mind direction and secrets to increased energy.

Peak Fitness Management (Aust) Pty Ltd

Excellent. Lauren and the crew were simply excellent. She provided a great way to close our event with the sounds of around 800 people breaking and then clapping boards. It was a great thrill for all.

John Danks & Son Pty Ltd

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

Excellent... I think every male in the room fell in love that night. Lauren's appearance made this conference a total success. Just a few comments I received from some of our guests that night: Excellent; a great inspiration; best conference ever because of Lauren's presentation; what a lovely girl; best speaker I have ever listened to. One guy had fruit in the morning instead of eggs and bacon and when I asked him why, he replied that he wants to change his life-style after he listened to Lauren. In other words, everybody was blown away and some people had tears in their eyes when they watched Lauren's movie.

Euroag Pty Ltd

I have had great feedback from the team on your talk which they found interesting, humorous and inspiring. It certainly made us step back and consider the part we can all play in driving forward the Company's goals. I know the teams were thrilled to have you attend the Awards dinner and it was a pleasure to talk to you during the course of the evening.

Colgate-Palmolive Pty Ltd

Lauren's presentation was interesting. It was like it was two separate presentations. The first part was about her winning the gold medal & the process it took to get to that stage & the second part was about looking after yourself & eating & drinking right. Overall, the presentation was very good & she is a really lovely lady. I know of a few staff who came up to me afterwards and said they enjoyed listening to her and took a lot away from her presentation. We ordered her recipe book from her for each of our delegates & they loved it.

Heritage Bank

Lauren was received very well. The audience was primary school aged children - most who would not have known who she was (born post 2000), but Lauren gave a wonderful recap and was very interactive with the students. Lauren was very receptive to the audience and the students and teachers had a great time. We've had lots of positive feedback from all who attended.

Mildura Rural City Council