Lauren Wells collected her ninth 400m hurdles National Title at the 2016 Championships, booking herself a seat at her second Olympic Games. In May she indicated she was on track for a teriffic year clocking her second fastest ever 400m hurdles competing in Japan. In July she was added to the Australian 4x400m relay team for Rio.
Wells started hurdling at age five, and by the age of 16 was the youngest 400m hurdles national titleholder. The following year she made her national senior team debut at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. A decade later, she still holds the record for the most Australian 400m hurdles titles.
Wells made her Olympic debut in 2012 in London where she placed 23rd in the 400m hurdles. Her husband Heath proposed to her during the Games. Her personal best of 55.08 is the third fastest Australian in history behind Flintoff-King and Pittman.
The Canberra born athlete says the most influential person in her career is her coach Matt Beckenham, who has been training her since 2002. Beckenham represented Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
In 2010 she graduated the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In 2016 she started studying her second degree in a Bachelor of Primary School Teaching at the University of Canberra.
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4 x 400m Relay Women, 400m Hurdles Women
Canberra, ACT, Australia
Canberra, ACT, Australia
- 2012 London - 23rd 400m Hurdles
- 7th (400m hurdles) - 2016 London Anniversary Games (London, Great Britian)
- 1st (400m hurdles) – 2016 Seiko Golden Grand Prix (Kawasaki, Japan)
- 1st (400m hurdles) – 2016 Australian Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 1st (400m hurdles) – 2016 IAAF World Challenge (Melbourne, Australia)
- 14th (400m hurdles) – 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)
- 2012 - representing Australia in my first Olympic Games for 400m Hurdles
- 2006 - Competing in my first 'open' age Australian Team in 400m Hurdles at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games
- 2005 - Winning the 400m Hurdles silver medal at the World Youth Championships in Morocco - also my first time overseas
- Kaleen Primary School (ACT, Australia)
- Lyneham High School/ Daramalan College (ACT, Australia)
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology - University of Canberra (2007-2010)
Matthew Beckenham (2002-current)
North Canberra Gungahlin, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Primary Training Base
- Always wear the same purple earrings my husband gave me, to compete in.
- Favourite food
- Roast Lamb
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- Pop, Techno, House - rather ecclectic!
- Dream car
- Audi R8
- Personal Motto
- I believe in making the most of your opportunities and never taking anything for granted. Sport and life are fickle so you have to make the most of everything that comes your way.
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Water, gum and a chololate bar!
- Tattoo on my left foot - it is a mixture of the infinity sign (which means 'life' in Egyptian) and a love heart, so the combined meaning is 'love/enjoy life' 'we only live once so make the most of your opportunities'.
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Gymnastics - unfortunately I was always too tall for it!
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Cathy Freeman winning the 400m in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in front of her home crowd
- First Olympic Memory?
- Sitting in the stand, madly stamping my feet in encouragement at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, when the Men's Long Jump was on and Jai Taurima was going for the gold medal
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Matt Beckenham - he has been my coach for 13yrs and has taught me so much about sport and also life in general. He has made me a more professional athlete and a better person over the course of many years working together.
- Why this sport?
- I love the individual aspect and always being accountable for my own results. I am very internally motivated and I like knowthing that the outcome of my races lies completely in my own actions. It is also a great opportunity to travel the world and do something that I love and happen to be fairly good at!