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Year Awarded: 2010
Sport: Artistic Gymnastics
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Lauren Mitchell - Artistic Gymnastics

From 2007, Lauren started displaying her great potential. Finishing an impressive fifth on beam at the 2007 world championships, she then went on to collect silver and bronze on the beam and floor at the World Cup in Stuttgart. In 2008, she was selected to represent Australia at the Beijing Olympics, where she helped Australia reach its best ever Olympic team result to finish sixth. At the end of 2008, the West Australian teenager created history by becoming the first Australian female gymnast to win a World Cup final, defeating a stellar field on the balance beam in Madrid, Spain.

In 2009 Lauren became the toast of Australian gymnastics following the World Championships in London by winning silver on beam and floor and just missing out on a medal in the women's all-around final finishing in fourth place by just 0.025. Lauren became the first Australian woman to medal in an individual apparatus final at a world championships, and the only Australian to win two medals in the same competition.

Even though Lauren was injured for much of 2010 she etched her name into the record books at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi by equalling the best ever Games result by an artistic gymnast. The biomedical science student won gold in the all-around, uneven bars, beam and women's team events.

Following on from the Commonwealth Games, Lauren again created history by becoming Australia's first woman to win a world gymnastics title at the World Championships in Rotterdam in late October. Lauren took out the Gold Medal in the Floor when in the last female performance of the world championships she produced a stunning floor routine to upset Russian favourite and all-around champion Aliya Mustafina.

Lauren has stated she feels their is still improvement leading into the London 2012 Olympics.

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