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GB Olympian Sharon Laws dies from cancer

Pete Muir
16 Dec 2017

Former National Champion loses year-long battle with cervical cancer

Former GB rider Sharon Laws has died age 43 from cervical cancer.

Laws was diagnosed in August 2016 and had been undergoing regular chemotherapy since, but passed away on 16th December 2017.

Laws was born in Kenya but was brought up in Britain, and raced for Team GB at the 2008 Olympics as part of the squad that helped Nicole Cooke to a gold medal.

She combined her cycling with a career as an environmental consultant.

National champion

In 2008 Laws also became British National Time-Trial Champion, and she won the British Road Race Nationals in 2012. She is pictured above competing for Team GB at the 2009 World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

Laws retired from cycling in 2016, and announced that she had cancer in October of that year.

Despite her exhaustion from the chemotherapy, Laws was tireless in promoting the need for women to take smear tests.

As recently as August 2017 she managed to complete the epic 3,500m ascent of the Road to Taiwan KOM sportive (a warm-up event to the Taiwan KOM Challenge in October).

Women’s online cycling channel Voxwomen issued a statement on behalf of Laws’ family, saying: ‘This morning the cycling world lost a champion, a friend, a rider with a huge smile and a fantastic laugh.

‘Sharon passed away early this morning after her fight with cancer. Her mum Joy and her family have asked for privacy at this time.

‘RIP Sharon Laws 1974-2017.’

By Fanny Schertzer - Own work, GFDL, Link

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