A Cumbrian badminton player has secured her ticket to the Olympics after qualifying in the world's top 16.

Lauren Smith, 24, is one of the UK's best players, but still can't quite believe she'll be heading to Rio in August, with her doubles partner Heather Olver.

It's everything you've ever aimed for. The Olympics is the absolute pinnacle of sport. I've grown up watching it and idolising people that are there and to think I'm actually going to be part of something like that is just... I'm not sure when it will start feeling real. >

Lauren Smith
Heather Olver and Lauren Smith in the All England Open Badminton Championships. Credit: PA
Lauren has already earned Commonwealth medals. Credit: ITV Border

Lauren, from Longtown, is no stranger to performing under pressure, having won silver and bronze medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

She may have qualified for the Olympics in the bottom half of the world's top 16, making her an underdog, but she's confident of causing an upset.

Lori Carnochan went to meet Lauren, and you can watch her full report here: