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Lauren Tischendorf

As a primary school teacher and the first woman to swim around Lord Howe Island, Lauren has developed a habit of defying people’s expectations. Lauren didn’t intend to become an ultra-endurance ocean swimmer, but once she was told she couldn’t, it was only a matter of time before she was breaking records.

Passionate about creating equitable opportunities and shifting culture in sectors where women have typically been shut out, Lauren uses her record-breaking swims to encourage much-needed conversations. Lauren recently became the first woman to solo circumnavigate the 32.2 kilometres around Lord Howe Island in April 2021. This success has been recorded in history by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

Lauren & her crew have filmed a short documentary highlighting the swim, the beauty and effects of the ocean as well as the importance of empowerment for girls and women. 'I Just Went For A Swim' is currently being screened across Australia at the Women's Adventure Film Festival.

Lauren not only enjoys ultra distance swimming, she has also run the longest road running race, the Comrades Marathon in 2019 in South Africa and enjoys Tennis, walking and hiking.

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