Beki Lee AOC

Olympic Information

    Debut

Recent Performances

  • DQ (20km walk) - 2012 IAAF World Race Walking Cup (Saransk, Russia)
  • 4th (20km walk) - 2012 Oceania & Australian Race Walking Championships (Hobart, Australia)
  • DNF (20km walk) - 2012 IAAF World Race Walking Challenge (Taicang, China)
  • 2nd (20km walk) - 2011 Australian Race Walking Championships (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 10th (20km walk) - 2011 World University Games (Shenzhen, China)
  • 10th (20km walk) - 2011 IAAF Race Walking Challenge (Taicang, China)

Career Highlights

  • Doing more than a two and a half minute personal best to get under the Olympic A qualifying standard
  • Being selected to compete for Australia at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China

Interesting Facts

  • Beki Lee's breakthrough performance came at the Australian Race Walking Championships in December 2011. Lee smashed her personal best by over two-and-a-half minutes and recorded her first Olympic A qualifier with a time of 1:33:09.
  • Lee grew up in Mt Druitt in Western Sydney and moved to Canberra in 2010 to focus on the Olympics. Her mum and dad are foster parents and have been for roughly 20 years. They care for seven foster children from two different families and Lee has a biological brother and sister. Having so many people in the family has made it impossible for any of them to come over and watch her compete, but Lee says it's a small price to pay in order to makes these kids happy and healthy. Lee is indigenous and her great grandmother was a Yuin woman from the NSW South Coast.
  • Outside training, Lee works at the AIS souvenir shop. Her bosses surprised her when they got custom made USB sticks of her made. The replica Beki Lee USBs, complete with her iconic dreadlocks and green and gold uniform, sold out months before the Games.
  • Lee was selected for the Olympic Youth Camp in Athens in 2004 after receiving the Pierre de Coubertin Award.

Sport

Years on national team

1

Coach

Brent Vallance (2010 - current)
Marilyn Pearson (2003 - 2010)

Primary Training Base

Canberra, Australia

Club

Asics Wests (NSW, Australia)

Education

Primary

Minchinbury Public School & Colyton Public School (NSW, Australia)

Secondary

Rooty Hill High School & St Marys Senior High School (NSW, Australia)

Tertiary

Bachelor of Sports Business - Australian College of Physical Education (2007 - )


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