Lauren seals superb summer with bronze medal

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COFTON Hackett teenager Lauren Rowles completed up a tremendous month by winning a bronze medal at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Junior Games.

The 16-year-old thrust into the under-23s age section and despite being the youngest competitor in the 1,500 metres category, she raced to third in four minutes and 4.15 seconds.

The race was won by Rowles' Great Britain team-mate Meggan Dawson-Farrell.

Overall, Team GB had a fine tournament, with 45 medals won in Stoke Mandeville.

The medal finished off a remarkable summer Lauren.

She acheived her aim at her first ever Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, reaching the final of the T53 1,500m despite carrying a wrist injury.

Despite being the youngest member of England's athletics team, she enjoyed the atmosphere at Hampden Park.

Mother Natalie Rowles said: "It has been a brilliant summer for Lauren.

"She's learned so much from the Commonwealth Games and held her own in all the pressure.

"It was even more remarkable because she has been carrying a wrist injury.

"Lauren's come through an intense period with her preparations for Glasgow coming after her GCSEs."

The youngster, who is set to start King Edwards VI in Stourbridge in September, is set for a spell on the sidelines while she recovered and will miss the British School Championships.

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