Laura Stephens – World Champion!

Great Britain and the East Region has a new swimming hero ahead of this year’s Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Laura Stephens became the country’s first individual female gold medalist at the World Aquatic Championships since 2011 by claiming 200m butterfly glory in Doha. The 24-year old says she “can’t believe it” and has now set her sights on glory in France later this year.

Great Britain’s Laura Stephens admits she “cannot believe it” after winning her first world title. The 24-year-old clinched first place in the 200m butterfly at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha. It means she becomes her country’s first female individual world champion since Rebecca Adlington back in 2011.It adds to the silver medal she won in the same event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

And after getting that first taste of gold, Stephens is now setting her sights on further success at the Paris 2024 Olympics later this year.
Laura trained at Harwich, Dovercourt & Parkstone swimming club and Colchester Swimming Club.  Laura is only the 8th woman in GB swimming history to win a Gold medal at the world championships and the a 1st women in GB swimming history to win gold in the 200m butterfly.