Lauren Hewitt

Lauren Hewitt
Name: Lauren Hewitt
Loz, Lozza
D.O.B: 25/11/1978
Place of Birth: Warracknabeal, Victoria

Occupation: Athlete / Student

Height: 170 cm
Weight: 62 kg

Coach: Peter Fortune
Club: Ringwood
Residence: Richmond, Victoria

Events: 100m/200m race
Personal best: 100m: 11.28 seconds (Seville '99)
200m: 22.53 seconds (Seville '99)

Pets: Two pet dogs - 'Sparky' & 'Genni', 1 cat - 'Muffin'

Interesting Fact: At all competitions Lauren carries with her a jar of soil from her family's property in Warracknabeal. Her father gave her the jar in 1996 as a symbol of her family origins.

Injuries: Suffered three navicular stress fractures between '94 -'95. Injured her right knee in 2000.

Career Achievements:

1996: Silver medal in the 200m at the World Junior Championships.
1996: Olympic debut in the 4x100m relay team which finished seventh in the final.
1997: Made the second round in both the 100m and 200m at the World Championships in Athens.
1998: She was second in both events at the nationals.

Australian athlete LAUREN HEWITT burst on to the athletics scene at the young age of seventeen when she was a member of the 1996 Australian Olympic Athletics Team. Lauren went on to win silver over 200m at the World Juniors in Sydney that year. But it was her peformance in Seville in 1999 that stamped her as a world class athlete and showed her talent for the 200m sprint. After reaching the Olympic 'A' Qualifying standard in both the 100m and 200m Lauren went on to win the 100m and place second in the 200m at the Telstra Athletics Trials. Selected as a member of the Australian team to contest the Sydney Olympics, Lauren placed sixth in the second round of the 100m, seventh in her semi-final of the 200m and was a member of the 4x100m-relay team.

- Annemarie Failla