European traveller starts at Nayland College 

Lauren Williams outside St Paul\'s Cathedral in London, England.

New Nayland College staff member Lauren Williams took the stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower last year.

With around 20 stops through Europe, Lauren spent her time staying in tents doing activities with her Contiki tour group of 46 other 18-35 year olds. This trip generated some of her greatest achievements.

She ran through the roundabout encircling the Arc De Triomphe in Paris with her Contiki group. “There’s a car crash every seven minutes in that roundabout. And us Kiwis as a group decided to run through it. It’s the first thing our trip manager told us not to do and we did it,” she said. After seven weeks of travel Lauren is clear about her favourite destination. “Switzerland is the best country in the world,” she said.

Lauren left high school and completed a Diploma of Beauty Therapy at NMIT (Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology). “It wasn’t actually what I should’ve done,” she admitted. So after trial and error in hospitality and supermarkets, Lauren found her job at the Results Gym.

Lauren helped co-ordinate sports activities at the YMCA in Wanganui, where she grew up, and this inspired her to pursue a Diploma of Applied Fitness at NMIT. Through NMIT she did a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation degree from AUT (Auckland University of Technology). The experience of gaining her degree was tough on Lauren. “That was blood, sweat and tears, that one… I did Summer School to complete my degree on time.” She said.

One of her greatest achievements is her 100kg squat and her 100kg deadlift which signifies her hard work at the gym. She says she is really proud of this.

She also works part time at Results Gym before she officially started work at Nayland College as an assistant sports coordinator on the 3rd of April. “Nayland’s got some sort of ‘stick’ to me.” Lauren said. Her grandfather was on the Board of Trustees at Nayland College for nine years and some of her friends attended the school.

By Lauren Cox