Author: Lauren Wells
On Sunday May 10th I competed in the 400H at the Seiko Golden GP, Kawasaki, Japan. I won the event in a World Championships qualifying time of 56.19 to equal my season’s best that I ran at the Melbourne World Challenge Meet in March. My time is also my first qualifier for the 2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES! The qualifying period for RIO opened on May 1st 2015 so it was icing on the cake to have run that time now.
I am now heading back home and crossing my fingers that Canberra will put on a ‘warmer than usual’ Autumn/ Winter as I get stuck into some tough base training in preparation for World Championships. At this stage I will be home until the beginning of July and am currently working out my best plan of attack in terms of overseas competitions and where to get them – Australia/ Europe/ Asia.
This trip to Japan has been a good little post-Australian-season stimulus and now its time to get back to base training, knowing that I am in good shape now and that I can improve on various parts if my race.
I will put the race up on my ‘2015 Competition Footage’ page for you to have a look at!
It gives me great pleasure to announce that I am one of the AMBASSADORS for National Road Safety Week, which runs from May 3rd-10th across Australia. I have taken my ‘Share the Road’ pledge, which states:
“It doesn’t matter if I am driving a car, cycling, riding a motorcycle or walking – I will act responsibly and be courteous and respectful to other road users. I pledge to share the road”
Australian roads by numbers (annually on average):
$27 billion cost to the economy every year
Leading cause of death for 17-25 year olds
ACT roads by numbers (annually on average):
$224 million cost to ACT economy every year
Over a third of injuries are vulnerable road users – cyclists, pedestrians & motorcyclists
These statistics are shocking, but the biggest concern is that a large majority of these accidents, deaths and injuries could have been prevented through better planning, time management and generally more attention being paid to the road and other people using it.
We only get one life and it is precious – that is why I believe in living life to the absolute fullest and making the most of opportunities that come our way. That is also why I want to support such a worthy initiative, and am honoured to be an Ambassador for National Road Safety Week.
To check out some of the awesome ways Canberra is honouring National Road Safety Week please click here.
Thank you for reading about such a great cause.
On Sunday May 3rd I competed in the 31st Shizuoka International Meeting, winning the 400 Hurdles in 56.76. Just two days after arriving from Australia, I was reasonably happy with my run, although I may have been a little conservative in the first 200m. I finished the race strongly though and there was a bit of a cross/headwind at the top bend.
Regardless, I was happy and honoured to have won in Shizuoka and received a lovely trophy and bunch of flowers after the race. I am now spending the week at the National Training Centre in Tokyo, Japan. It is a world-class facility and I am looking forward to getting in some high quality training sessions before I compete again on Sunday May 10th.
Originally I was entered in the 400m for the Kawasaki Seiko Gold Grand Prix, however we discovered that there is a ‘National’ 400H race on and have been able to make the switch to my preferred event. Big thank you to JAAF for making that happen.
The video from Sunday’s race is available of my ‘2015 Competition Footage’ page.
I am very excited and honoured to announce that I will be a guest MODEL in FASHFEST 2015!
“First and foremost, FASHFEST is about the nation’s capital, and its talent. It’s the biggest annual fashion event held in Canberra.
FASHFEST, a stunning four-day fashion experience, shines the spotlight on the city of Canberra’s diverse local design talent. The 2015 event, to be held May 13 to May 16, extends its style platform for the first time to include interstate and international fashion designers.”
To read more about FASHFEST – in particular the four-day event program, background in which designers will be featured and to purchase tickets, please click here – FASHFEST 2015
Thank you to The Canberra Times for their article today, announcing all of the guest models for FASHFEST 2015. I know that we are all excited to be involved in Canberra’s biggest annual fashion event, even if it means swapping sports clothes for high heels and make-up! It might be slightly outside our comfort zone, but you can be assured we will give it our best and enjoy every moment of it!
To check out the article please click here – Canberra Times
Hope to see you at the National Convention Centre, May 13-16 supporting local talent!
I wanted to share this fantastic article that has been published on Yabba.Guru, on none other, than myself! A special thank you to Paul Smith who interviewed me so well; asked some great questions and put together one of my favourite write-ups to date!
Yabba.Guru are local Canberran’s who love their sport! Not only from a health perspective, but also in a way that promotes positive energy within the community. I am very proud to be the lead interview on their website today.
Have a read and see what you think – ‘Lauren Wells – A feeling of unfinished business’
Just a brief update on what I have coming up over the next month…
Since Nationals I have been training well and working towards a couple of races coming up in Japan. I have always loved racing in Japan and when I was accepted into a couple of meets, I couldn’t say no!
On April 30th I will leave Canberra with MattyB and Mel Breen, where I will be competing in the 31st Shizuoka International Meet in the 400H. It is a great track and generally has great conditions for running fast in there! I will then spend the week training and prepare for the IAAF Seiko Golden Grand Prix which is held in Kawasaki. I will be running in the flat 400m there, which should be interesting! I certainly won’t be going in as one of the fastest, and not being my ‘pet’ event means there is less pressure on me and I can just run and enjoy it (as much as you can enjoy a 400m I guess!). I know the track in Kawasaki is fast so I am excited to see how well I run.
I am aiming to run SB’s (season’s bests’) in both of my races, and judging by my 90% good run at Nationals, I know I am capable of running fast if I put my race together 100%.
Looking forward to running in some quality competitions before returning to Canberra and knuckling down to some hard training in preparation for the Beijing World Champs!!
The 93rd Australian National Athletics Championships were held in Brisbane March 26th-29th, where I won the Women’s 400 Hurdles in 56.51. In winning this race, I became the ‘most successful domestic female 400m hurdler’, surpassing Debbie Flintoff-King, by winning my 8th NATIONAL TITLE!!!
My race was going according to plan, until the dreaded 10th and final hurdle, where I added in an extra step at the last second, completely losing my balance and nearly face-planting as a result!! I remember thinking “this is not happening, you just need to stay on your feet and get to that finish line. World Champs depends on it!!” Thankfully, my body agreed with my brain and I was able to get to the finish line in a rather solid time, all things considering!
I am a perfectionist and I set myself high goals, so I was frustrated and disappointed that my race wasn’t executed better, as I know I would have run a season’s best time and more than likely dipped under 56sec. On the flip side, I ‘got the job done’ and in winning the race, secured my selection for World Championships, which of course, I am very excited about!
Check out the race on my ‘2015 Competition Footage’ page and also my ‘2015 blog’ for some insight into the race and my thoughts after it!