ST. LAWRENCE Ben < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 07 Nov 1981 in Penrith, AUS
Height1.79 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Coach
Languages English
Higher education Exercise Science - Charles Sturt University: Australia
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? "Humans were born to run, and I feel most alive when running at full speed. I love to compete and there is no truer competition than a bunch of runners from all across the globe lining up to see who is able to get to the line first. No subjectivity at all, just a test of supreme fitness, speed and tactics."
Club / Team St George Athletics Club [AUS] / Melbourne Track Club [AUS]:
Name of coach Sean Williams [personal], AUS, from 2006
General Interest
Nicknames Saint, Benny, Benson (benstlawrence.com, 10 Dec 2011)
Hobbies Travelling. (Twitter profile, 15 Jul 2016)
Most influential person in career His parents. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, Apr 2016)
Hero / Idol Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott, Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley, US basketballer Michael Jordan. (olympics.com.au, 26 Jun 2012)
Injuries He missed the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, People's Republic of China, after suffering a 14cm tear in his hamstring. He required surgery on the injury. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, Apr 2016)

In 2015 he suffered an injury to his right Achilles. He took a couple of weeks off but soon after his return he slipped and fell down a hill, dislocating ribs. (runnerstribe.com, 31 Oct 2015)

In 2011 he missed three weeks of training because of an Achilles injury. (trizone.com.au, 31 Aug 2011)

Earlier in his career he dislocated his shoulder in a cycling accident. He has also sustained a torn calf muscle and sprained back. (runnersworldonline.com.au, 07 Dec 2011)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (runnerstribe.com, 31 Oct 2015)
Other information COACH
He and Gary Howard founded the coaching group Run Crew. "We offer coaching, programming, training sessions, and running camps to bring like-minded people together, both in person and online. They can then experience all the great things that running has to offer." (runnerstribe.com, 31 Oct 2015)