Lauren Burns

Lauren Burns

Taekwondo Olympic Gold Medalist  |  Keynote & Workshop Facilitator
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About Lauren

“An engaging keynote speaker, she draws on her personal experience and weaves the themes and impact of her work into her presentation to demonstrate how they apply to business and personal growth....”

Lauren Burns made history at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, claiming Gold in taekwondo. At that time, she was one of just three Australian women to win an individual Olympic Gold Medal, alongside Cathy Freeman and Susie O’Neill.

Since the Olympics, Lauren has pursued a passion for health and nutrition. She is the author of Fighting Spirit as well as her self-published cookbook Food from a Loving Home.

Lauren Burns holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy), and while undertaking her PhD at RMIT University, has explored the link between lifestyle, mindset and elite performance. She has a particular interest in the importance of strong interpersonal relationships and their link to high performance. Lauren’s work was recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

An engaging keynote speaker, she draws on her personal experience and weaves the themes and impact of her work into her presentation to demonstrate how they apply to business and personal growth.

Lauren is well-known for her ability to activate participation, whether she’s working with as few as 10 people or as many as 10,000. During her more ‘active’ workshops she can have over 200 people use newly learnt taekwondo skills to break boards, all in the space of minutes!

What people say about Lauren

10 out 10….Lauren was an absolute pleasure to work with – she took the time to understand our event, communicate with our team beforehand and on the night was able to read the vibe in the room exceptionally well. Throughout the evening Lauren was able to seamlessly navigate any changes to schedule or tweak the script as she went. Through personal anecdotes Lauren engaged with our guests and was able to inject her own personality and warmth into the evening. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lauren for your next event.

– eigh Meyrick, Director Media & Communications, Australian Sports Commission

A young, energetic and articulate person. Lauren was well-spoken, talked to the audience, gave colourful examples which made the audience laugh, as well as making our function a success.


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

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 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. 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

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