Lauren goes for gold

St Helens' Lauren Bate-Lowe (centre) celebrates winning the girls Sprint Finals ahead of 2nd placed Scotland's Amber King (left) in second, and West Midlands Georgia Hilleard in third, at the National Cycling Centre
St Helens' Lauren Bate-Lowe (centre) celebrates winning the girls Sprint Finals ahead of 2nd placed Scotland's Amber King (left) in second, and West Midlands Georgia Hilleard in third, at the National Cycling Centre

Up and coming cycling sensation Lauren Bate-Lowe continued her winning ways by claiming gold at the the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games.

Lauren, from St Helens, continued her impressive form with gold in the girls sprint.

The 15-year-old said: “It feels amazing to win 
another gold at the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games – it’s a really great atmosphere and I think it’s a really 
great achievement,” said Bate-Lowe, who also won 
the girls one lap time trial on Friday.

“It’s such a big event and it’s a Commonwealth Games-type environment which should really help me in the future.

“It’s a really good experience because when you move up in the sport, the multi-sport competitions are what you’re going to come across. It’s a really good learning opportunity.”

Just two years ago Lauren hadn’t even seen the inside of a cycling velodrome or ridden a track bike.

But now the local teen has been hand-picked for Team GB’s prestigious Olympic development programme.

The move means that the Cansfield High pupil, of Haydock, has been identified as a potential Olympic star of the future.

Lauren has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the world of track cycling to date - she was picked for the GB talent team when she was just 13 years old and has since been raking in the medals.

Earlier this year she claimed four medals at the British Cycling national championships in the under 16s and under 18s categories, despite being just 14 at the time.