Sport for Women

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Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement: 2010 Commonwealth Games – 400 Hurdles: 4th and qualifying for the 2012 London Olympic Games

Greatest achievement off the field: Completing my Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree. Buying my first house, in March this year, with my partner Heath

Who is your sporting heroine? I don’t have anyone specific, I admire anyone that has faced adversity and overcome it, in any aspect of life

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? Depends on what time of year it is; during ‘base’ training I do up to 14 sessions per week (Sunday is a rest day) which would be around 25-28hrs of training per week. At the moment, as I am in ‘comp mode’ I am doing 5-6 sessions per week, plus racing, which would equate to 10-15hrs of training per week.

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? I don’t follow a specific diet, I believe everything in moderation is a good approach to food, although of course majority is healthy food that fuels the body to train harder and at its optimal levels.

What do you love about your sport? I love everything about my sport! I love the hard sessions (more so after!) that you know you’ll appreciate when you run a PB, the places you get to travel to and the people you get to meet. Most of all I love racing; I train so hard and I love getting out on the track and putting everything I have been practicing in motion. With 400H there is always something to work on, so it is a challenge to get it all right in a race that goes for less than one minute! But it is great fun!

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? Athletics is such a pure performance sport; if you’re not 100% in your competition, there is no hiding. With this in mind, if you achieve a performance standard, set by the international governing body, and you fulfill the rest of the selection criteria, you should be selected to represent your country. Simple as that. No one else gets to decide your sporting fate, but you.

What motivates you? I am very intrinsically motivated; I like the sense of accomplishment when I achieve a goal I have set myself. Everytime I compete, I am aiming to run a PB. The feeling of being told you are on an Olympic Team, especially your first one, is one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve experienced so far. All of the hard sessions are worth it when you achieve your dreams.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? I work in Before and After School Care in a Canberra Primary School. It is just a casual job but I would like to perhaps use my Psychology degree and work it in with kids somewhere in the future.

Three words that describe you: Motivated, selfless, happy

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Make sure you are not afraid of jumping over hurdles while you are running at top speed!

Lauren Boden Supports Sport for Women Day

Sport is an amazing way to build confidence and a sense of self and independence, all of which are very important attributes for women to develop. It doesn’t have to be played at the elite level, it’s about having a go and finding something you love doing. Show those boys that women can play sport too!