Author: Lauren Wells
I just wanted to pass on to you all, the very exciting news regarding the Beijing World Championships coming up in just 3 WEEKS time!!
As mentioned on the Athletics Australia website –
‘In a coup for athletics in Australia, the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing (CHN) on 22-30 August will enjoy unrivalled coverage on both SBS 2 and Eurosport Australia.
Delivering the very best athletics has to offer to homes across the nation, the broadcast partnership between the IAAF and SBS Television will see a one-hour highlights package in prime-time on SBS 2 each night of the championships, while Eurosport Australia will feature every session live and in full.’
It is fantastic news for the Athletics Australia community and also great for us athletes, who have plenty of family, friends and fans at home who won’t have to wake up at ‘silly-o’clock’ to watch us compete!
I thought I’d let you know now, with plenty of time up your sleeve, just incase you need to install Foxtel or let your boss know you’ll be having a few days off between Aug 22-30 (to watch your favourite athletes compete of course!!).
To get your viewing schedule sorted ahead of time, here is the TIMETABLE for the World Champs!!
I’ve recently had a couple more races in Europe, this time in Belgium. The first was Saturday July 18th in Heusden-Zolder, where I finished 4th in the 400H in 56.31. It was a good run from lane 8 and I just ran out of legs the last 20m. It was slightly faster than my previous race in Luzern and certainly kept with the consistency I have shown this year.
On Friday July 24th I drove to Brussels, to compete in the Belgium National Championships. The weather for the 400H heats on Saturday was very Canberra-esqe – 14degrees, gusty wind and raining! Needless to say, I didn’t run a fast time but did enough to make the final the next day, as the only ‘invited’ international. On Sunday the weather was slightly warmer, not so gusty and dry which helped, as I went on to win the race in a season’s best time of 55.85.
It was great to win, especially as Belgium’s top 400m hurdler was chasing me down! I managed to pull her to a World Championship and Olympic Games qualifying time (55.93), so I think she was happy I made the trip to race there! It was also a huge relief, to run a time that better reflects where my training has been at, and is also the fastest I have run since my 400H heat at the Commonwealth Games last year.
I arrived in Chiba, Japan, yesterday and will be training here until August 8th, which is when I will move into the Australian Team Camp ahead of World Champs. It is great to be able to have Matt at my sessions again now and I feel like I am in a great position heading into this final month of preparation before Beijing.
I have been in Switzerland since Wednesday last week, staying just outside of Luzern. Matt (coach) has a friend, Sam, which lives in Emmen with his wife and daughter, and I have been enjoying some ‘family’ meals and a bit of ‘normal’ life this week. It has been refreshing to spend some time in a different place and I have seen some beautiful sights. Switzerland really is one of my favourite places to come and I’m sure you can see why, from the pictures below!
Sam and I went to Mount Rigi – ‘Queen of the Mountains – part of the Swiss Plateau. We caught a train most of the way up the mountain and then walked the rest of the way to the 1798m summit. The views were spectacular, even on an overcast day.
I am so thankful to Sam and his family for looking after me so well, especially as I prepare for my next race, in Luzern July 14th, before heading back to Cologne.
On Thursday July 9th I competed in my first 400H since arriving in Europe, finishing 3rd in the Lausanne Diamond League in 56.26. Whilst it technically wasn’t a Diamond League point-scoring event, the competition was tough but perfect for my first hit-out. I was in lane 1, which is always hard for a 400H event but I took on the challenge and was very happy with my result. Conditions were a bit tricky, with a swirly wind, but I focused on executing my stride pattern and running my own race.
The crowd was very vocal and it made for a great atmosphere in the stadium. Switzerland is such a beautiful place and I really enjoyed my short time in Lausanne.
Since my last post, where I had just competed in Japan, I have been back home in Canberra and getting stuck into training. I would have to say that it is probably the hardest training block I have ever done! I certainly feel like I am fit, fast, strong and very mentally prepared for the next two months. I am feeling very ready to get stuck into racing, especially after my 53.5ish 400m in Canberra 2wks ago, and also my 400H time trial (57.2ish) last weekend in the fog!
The weather in Canberra has been surprisingly good for winter, however I am definitely ready for some heat and sunshine! I am heading to Cologne, Germany for July to get some racing under my belt, before heading to Japan to meet up with MattyB and Mel. This is the 7th year I am heading to Europe/ overseas for a decent amount of time, and it really doesn’t get any easier to leave loved ones behind, especially as I am travelling on my own this year.
In August Matty, Mel and I will head into the Australian Team Camp for final World Championships preparations, before flying in to Beijing August 19th, ahead of my 400H Heats on the 23rd.
I will keep you as up-to-date as I can, with race results, photos, videos etc.
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.