Laura Penhaul is the Lead Physiotherapist for the British Olympic Sailing Team, currently preparing the squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Tokyo will be Laura’s 4th Olympic Games, after being physio at Rio Paralympics 2016, London Paralympics 2012 and Vancouver Paralympic Games 2010.
Laura is passionate about understanding how to get the best performance out of ourselves, so to test her mental resilience, she led the all-female ‘Coxless Crew’ in a record-breaking row across the Pacific Ocean on a 257-day/ 9 month journey from the United States to Australia. The crew rowed 24 hours a day in two-hour shifts.
Having completed an epic expedition, Laura wanted to combine elite performance knowledge with expedition experience, so became the Performance Manager for Mark Beaumont who broke the World Record when he cycled around the world in under 80 days in 2017.
In her spare time, Laura can be found running on the Cornish coastline and being part of the RNLI Lifeboat team in St.Agnes.