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Hi Everyone,

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.

Lauren :-)

Kawasaki Golden GP

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Hi Everyone,

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.

My race was much better than last weekend in Shizuoka, and to have taken nearly 0.6sec off in one race is very promising, especially when my last 100m has a lot of room for improvement!Kawasaki2015

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!

Lauren :-)

National Road Safety Week AMBASSADOR May 3-10

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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”

Lauren Wells - Pledge Australian roads by numbers (annually on average):

1,300 deaths
35,000 injuries
$27 billion cost to the economy every year
Leading cause of death for 17-25 year olds

ACT roads by numbers (annually on average):

11 deaths
700 injuries
8,000 crashes
$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. IMG_1463

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.

Lauren :-)

Shizuko International Meeting

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Hi Everyone,

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.image1

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.

Lauren :-)

FASHFEST 2015

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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.”

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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!

Lauren :-)

Yabba.Guru Interview

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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’

Lauren :-)

What’s next

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Hi Everyone,

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.Indoor Track

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!!

Lauren :-)