Jayden Lawrence (wrestling) will feature in his third Commonwealth Games for Australia. A podium finish has, however, eluded him so far – and that’s a big motivator to win a medal in Birmingham. Jayden made his Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow in 2014 in the 74kg division where he lost in the round of 16 to eventual gold medallist Sushil Kumar of India. Four years later in the 86kg division, he again lost in the round of 16 to the eventual gold medallist Muhammad Inam (Pakistan), before losing in the repechage. Jayden followed his cousin and Birmingham teammate Justin Holland into the sport, spending 12 months in Canada honing his skills after leaving school. He went to the Youth Olympics in 2010 where he finished 5th in the boys under 54kg. Jayden is a wrestling instructor at Camden Valley Wrestling in Smeaton Grange in Sydney’s southwest. A qualified cabinetmaker, he and partner Mel are parents to a young son.
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Date of Birth
Gold Coast, 2018
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Why did you begin your sport?
Cousin followed suit
Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?
Wear socks inside out
What is your most memorable sporting achievement?
Making Commonwealth Games team, representing nation
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What is your sporting ambition?
Medal in Comm Games, make next Olympic team