Lauren Heggie has swum into the history books by becoming the first Hills Special Olympics athlete to not only compete, but medal at the World Games.

The 24-year -old from Riverstone claimed gold in the 200m and 100m breaststroke, silver in the 4x100m medley relay and bronze in the 100m freestyle. Her stellar results included a personal best time of 3 min 58.65 sec for the 200m – beating second-placed Australian Belinda Price by just one hundredth of a second. The Special Olympics World Games competition which was held 14-21 March 2019 saw more than 7000 intellectually disabled competitors from more than 190  countries gather in the United Arab Emirates to compete across 32 events.

We thank Rouse Hill Times for featuring Lauren’s story in their digital edition page 5, dated Wed April 3, 2019.