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Results, updates and thank you’s

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Hi Everyone,

It has been a big few weeks – I won my seventh Australian National 400m Hurdles title, winning the Championships in a time of 56.76. By doing so, I secured automatic selection for my third Commonwealth Games Team! I was so happy and relieved to cross the finish line first and know that my Glasgow dream is still alive!

Since Nationals (3wks ago) I have been back into base training and also competed at the Stawell Gift Easter Carnival in two different 400m handicap races. Unfortunately I did not make any finals but I had a fantastic time running in Stawell and also catching up with friends from around the amateur and pro running circuits.

Unfortunately I am not running in Japan this year, however it gives me an extra two weeks of base training before I head to Europe late-June/ early-July in preparation for Commonwealth Games. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Australia at an international level and I will do everything I can to ensure I do my country proud!

I would love to take this opportunity to thank my amazing ‘Team Wells’ who helped me through the season and played a big part in my selection…
- My wonderful coach MattyB – the most inspiring, dedicated, passionate coach and person I know; thank you for always believing in me and helping to make my dreams come true!
- My husband Heath – my everlasting support off the track; thank you for always being there to make me laugh and not stress, for loving me and letting me follow my dreams.
- My wonderful family – particularly my parents (Neil and Kerry) and brother (Steven) – a never-ending supply of encouragement, support and inspiration; I wouldn’t be where I am today without you
- MattyBDEPT Squad – thank you for always making me laugh at the track, your support is so much appreciated and you all make training that much more enjoyable and bearable!
- Physical Therapies – Ben, Del, Ari, Bondy – thank you for maintaining my body health to the absolute maximum. I cannot thank you enough for the help and care you provide.
- Sponsors – Nike, Oakley and Berlei - without all of your footwear, apparel and eyewear I would not be able to train so comfortably, confidently or colourfully! Thank you so so much!
- Wider family, fans, athletes and general athletic community – thank you for all of the positive comments, support and encouragement on my journey so far! I really appreciate it!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who have made a positive impact on my life and athletic journey so far, I LOVE YOU all!!

 

Lauren :-) xoxo

92nd Australian Athletics Championships & Commonwealth Games Selection Trials

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Hi Everyone,

Is it that time of the season already… Nationals??!! It is hard to believe April is here and today is the first day of the 92nd Australian Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games Selection Trials! Come down to Albert Park in Melbourne over the next four days to see Australia’s best track and field athletes battle it out to qualify and secure their spot on the Commonwealth Games Team.

I will be competing in the Women’s 400H which take place -

W400H Heats – Friday April 4th 12.55pm

W400H Semi-finals – Saturday April 5th 1.05pm

W400H FINAL – Sunday April 6th 3.03pm

Photo courtesy of Runners Tribe
Photo courtesy of Runners Tribe

My training has been going extremely well and I am really looking forward to getting out on the track to see how fast I can go this weekend! The prospect of representing Australia at my thi rd Commonwealth Games is very motivating and exciting… I’M READY!!

To follow all of the #AAC14 action and LIVE results please click on the Athletics Australia link here.

Lauren :)

Sydney Track Classic

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Hi Everyone,

On Saturday March 15th I competed in the 400m at the Sydney Track Classic. It was my first race back since I had gastro in Perth three weeks ago so it was always going to be interesting to see if I had fully recovered. I finished 7th in 54.28 which is a solid enough time. I am always wanting more, which is what makes me a hard-working athlete! The field was very strong and all of the girls ran really well, some even achieving PB’s.

I now shift my attention back to doing what I know and love best… 400H!! I am competing at the IAAF Melbourne Track Classic on Saturday March 22nd which I am really looking forward to. I can hardly count the Perth Track Classic as a ‘race’ for me, so it will be 5wks between 400H. I will get some race footage up as soon after the meet as I can.

I have added some great footage from my training sessions this week too, so check them out! (TEST – see if you can count the steps I take between each hurdle… there is a difference between my session on Monday and Wednesday. Can you work it out?!)

Happy viewing!

Lauren :)

Update on Lauren!

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Hi Everyone,

I am sorry it has been a little while since I last posted… I haven’t had anything too exciting to share with you all!

I spent 10 days over in beautiful, sunny Perth, where I was training and getting ready for the Perth Track Classic, which was run on Saturday February 22nd. Unfortunately I got quite sick right before the meet and was unable to run anywhere near my best.

Since then, I have managed to get my training back to the level it was at while I was healthy in Perth, which I am really pleased about.

For more in-depth details on my trip to Perth and also what is coming up… check out my blog!

Below is a picture taken by John Forbes, during my 400 Hurdle race in Perth.

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Lauren :)

January Update

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Hi Everyone,

I thought I’d bring your attention to a few video’s I have posted on my website:

- First 400H race for 2014

- Albury Wodonga Gift 300m final

- Training footage of a hurdles session from January 31st

These video’s can be found on the competition and training pages respectively. There is also a newspaper article on the Media page, from the Albury Wodonga Gift win.

A new blog is now available to read, with details on how I felt my races went and how training has been going so far.

Happy watching and reading!

Lauren :)

Happy New Year!

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Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year!! I hope you have all enjoyed a safe and happy festive season and that you are feeling good about 2014!

I have been training well, getting through my sessions, except for a rest on Christmas Day! And am certainly looking forward to a big year in 2014.

I will be changing some of the pages on my website, so that you can follow my progress throughout 2014.

Not much else to report from me at this stage but tune in for some more posts, blogs and new pages coming soon!

 

Lauren :)

Lauren Wells’ Update

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Hi Everyone,

Where has 2013 gone?! I can’t believe the end of another big year is almost upon us!

As you may have guessed, from the new name of my website, I got married! I am now officially Lauren Wells! It will take a little while for everyone, including myself, to get used to the new name, but I just wanted to explain why the change, incase people think I am a completely different athlete! The website has also had a bit of a facelift, with lots of new and exciting things happening.

I have been training very hard and building my fitness/strength base for a big 2014. I don’t have a competition outline exactly decided at this stage, although I will look at running my first 400H race late January 2014 and then running through the Australian Athletics Domestic Season, culminating in the National Championships/ Commonwealth Games Selection Trials in early April.

2013 was a fabulous year for me; both on the track and also in my personal life. I am as committed as ever and can’t wait to see what exciting things unfold in 2014!

Stay tuned!

Lauren :-) x

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Another Year Done…

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Hi Everyone,

It is hard to believe that another athletics ‘year’ is done and the Moscow World Championships are drawing to a close. Personally, it has been a successful championships, finishing 4th in my 400H Heat in 55.37 (4th best time ever) and then 7th in my 400H Semi Final in 55.75, placing me 14th in the world overall.

Despite always wanting more from myself, which is a common trait in all elite athletes, I achieved my goals for 2013 – to run a PB, which I did in July (55.08, from 55.25) and to finish Top 16 at World Champs. I would have loved to run faster in my semi and take a few scalps! But it was a solid back up nonetheless, and still a result I can be very proud of.

After the London Olympics I had 4mths off running to rehab an injury. This year, my body is in the best shape it has been and although I will be having a small break from training, I am looking forward to continuing the form I am in and getting into some tough training from September onwards, towards the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games!

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank the people who have been instrumental in getting me to Moscow and allowing me to be the best I possibly can be.

MattyB – my incredible coach who is a constant support and source of encouragement. His knowledge, professionalism and passion are unparalleled and it shows in my performances. We are a great team and I can’t wait to see what we can do next year! x

My family – Parents Neil and Kerry and brother Steven, thank you for the endless love and support. It makes my job easier knowing I have such a wonderful family back home. I love you x

My fiance – Heath, thank you for being my absolute rock. It is so hard travelling and being away from you, but your love, encouragement and support mean the world to me. I love you x

MattyBDEPT - my awesome training squad, particularly my roomie Mel, and BJ who is usually on these trips with us! It is awesome to have the support not only on the road here but also from home, I can’t wait to be back training at home with you all!

AIS/ASC – particularly Ben Raysmith (physio), Tony Bond (massage), Ari Takkinen (pilates) and Ross Smith (gym) – the most professional group of people who in their own fields, have assisted and guided me in the direction of excellence and being the best athlete I can. Really can’t thank you enough!

Athletics Australia – I really appreciate all of the support that has been shown to me so far and I hope that we can continue to build a strong relationship the future.

Nike and Oakley – apparel, footwear and eyewear are imperative in daily training and to be working with two of the Worlds’ best companies is an absolute honour. I hope our successful partnerships can continue to grow, long into the future!

There are many more people who have been a part of the journey and I honestly am so thankful and overwhelmed by the support. I appreciate everything people say and do for me, so thank you all so much!

Lots of love,

Lauren xo :-)

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Moscow World Championships

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Hi Everyone,

I am in Moscow, Russia now! The Australian Flame Team arrived on Tuesday, after a very early 4am start! We are staying in the Crowne Plaza, which is an awesome hotel and only 15mins bus from the main stadium. Training has been going very well and tomorrow will be my final warm up before competition! I am feeling great and very ready to race!

You will be able to find my timetable of events on my ’2013 Race Schedule’ page.

I will also try and put some photos up once the wifi is working a bit better in the hotel!

My blog is up-to-date now too, so I hope you enjoy the read.

Live results will be available throughout the World Championships, through the IAAF website.

I hope you all enjoy the short coverage back in Australia, I believe SBS will have a 1hr highlights program on each night!

Aussie Aussie Aussie……. OI OI OI!!!

Lauren :)

London Diamond League

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Hi Everyone,

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while, it has been quite a busy time for me! On Friday July 26th I was fortunate enough to run a 400H in the London Anniversary Games, which was a 3-day Diamond League held exactly 1yr after the 2012 London Olympic Games. I got a late call up and was so excited to be running in front of 60, 000 people in that amazing stadium!

I finished 9th in a time of 55.93, which was pleasing as I had been training hard for the 2wks previous and had not been competing. It was a solid time and fantastic to run in such a high quality race, especially as it was my last one before the World Championships.

Full results are available here…

A video of the race is available on my ’2013 Race Footage’ page and I have also updated my blog!

Lauren :)