Alumnae Achievement Award Winner 12
Lauren Wilkinson ‘07
Winning is not the End
When Lauren Wilkinson ‘07 recently received the Alumnae Association’s 2013 Achievement Award, her classmate and nominator told a story from back in their rowing days at Crofton House: “I knew Lauren was different when we were out rowing on the lake in our boat of four, and I heard a splashing coming up fast from behind us. It turns out it was Lauren, by herself in a boat, as she flew past and finished the race with open water between us.”
Authenticity, drive, and gratitude: these words start to provide the smallest of hints at what has made Lauren Wilkinson ‘07 such a successful athlete and scholar. This year she adds Crofton House School Alumnae Association’s 2013 Alumnae Achievement Award to her stunning trophy case which includes among other things an NCAA championship and an Olympic silver medal. While it’s hard to trump such impressive international accomplishments, as she puts it, “This one means a lot to me. This school helped make me the person I am. I couldn’t have done any of those other things without the people who supported me while I was at Crofton House.”
When we had the chance to speak briefly with Lauren on the day she received her achievement award, it became clear just how focused and determined one must be to become an internationally competitive athlete. Having graduated in 2007, she trained with the Princeton women’s eight team for four years before competing for team Canada in the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games. Currently, she’s “taking a break” from training for the next Olympic Games by condensing a two-and-a-half year Master’s degree into a year and a half. When she accepted her award from Alumnae Association Executive President Christine (Wong) Applegarth ‘92, she was clear that the medal and the award itself represented for her years of passion and hard work, and in our interview, she showed no signs of slowing down.
Lauren was also clear about just what a whirlwind the last Olympic Games were for her, and indeed just how rapid her ascent to athletic stardom has been. She told us that, granted she makes the cut for the next Olympic Games, she wants to take a little more time to “appreciate the environment she’s in.” She was also dead clear about one other minor detail: “My dream is to win a gold medal!”