Lauren has recently become the first woman to swim in a solo, single session, circumnavigating the 32 km’s around Lord Howe Island facing countless sharks, two hours of currents, 25 knot winds and 2.5 metre swell.
A lover of water and the joy, flow and tranquility the ocean provides led to a new epic challenge for current, reigning female New South Wales 5km age ocean swim champion. Ms Tischendorf had often been heckled that she could not swim as well, as far out, nor as fast as her fellow male counterparts (she thrives in 8ft ocean swell, but that’s for another time). A flippant comment in the early part of Covid (mid-Winter), sent the headstrong Lauren to set them wrong. Whilst stubbornness will only get a person so far, the adventurer at heart had to look within her home state of New South Wales to set her new challenge. The perfect location, yet importantly the ecological wonders of UNESCO, World Heritage Listed island could not be a more perfect stage for the circumnavigation. The foundation of the challenge to emphasise that women, like men can achieve beyond the realm of what may seem possible is vital. Along with this, is non-negotiable of making the trip self-sufficient and eco-friendly to ensure that the ecology is not interfered with.
Lauren & her crew are filming be a short documentary highlighting the swim, the beauty and effects of the ocean as well as the importance of empowerment girls and women.