Monday, 7 March 2005

Common Sense and Self Assurance

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, March 07, 2005 with 3 comments
There's nothing like being a national champion at 16 years of age.
You will remember when, at the Telstra A Series meeting here in Canberra earlier this year, you saw Lauren Boden run a magnificent 400 hurdles race to break 60 seconds for the first time and to be beaten down the straight by Victoria's Lauren Jauncey.
Well, in the Melbourne A Series meet on 17 February she ran second again to Lauren Jauncey, this time in a new pb of 59.19 seconds.
And next, this weekend she has been down in Sydney competing in her first open Australian Championships. The rivalry with Lauren Jauncey continued. On Saturday they both won their heats; Lauren Boden's time was 59.73, her third run in succession under 60 seconds.
Then in her final on Sunday, Lauren Boden pulled out the big one, clocking a magnificent 58.59 to win the gold medal and turn the tables on her rival.
I see Lauren demonstrating so much common sense in her training, and she always appears to be completely self assured. She is a credit to her parents; it is a privilege to know Lauren and to be able to follow her career from close range; it is great to have her parents running with our training group as well!
Well done Lauren, and enjoy the good times!


  1. Great article Geoff… many thanks.

    Kerry and I were very proud parents yesterday, not just because Lauren won the National title but by the manner in which she won… with her rival from the Victoria drawing level with her shoulder at hurdle 9, running neck and neck over hurdle 10, and then Lauren showing enormous ‘guts and determination’ to out sprint her opponent in the final 30 metres – all very exciting!!

    I’m not sure about your comment that ‘her parents are running with our training group’ – I wish we were but are still injured, and very disappointed not to be with your group! Kerry in fact goes back to the specialist this week so we are hoping for some better news.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Yes, congratulations Lauren! What a fantastic achievement. 'Titles' are something you'll have forever. Australian Champion. Brilliant!

    Plus, you did all those other events. Amazing. Aren't you tired? Good luck with your athletics career and best wishes to your parents for speedy recoveries!

  3. I noticed on today's SBS coverage that Lauren kept her stride pattern up for just 6 hurdles, and took an extra stride between hurdles from then on. That tells me there is a good chance she can run a lot faster when she gets stronger, or when her right-leg technique improves!