Name: Ben Langton Burnell

Nickname: Javmanben

Born: 07 October 1992

Height: 1.86m

Weight: 93kg

Coach: Debbie Strange

2017 Achievements

  • New Zealand Track and Field Championships Gold Medalist
  • Oceania Track and Field Championships Gold Medalist
  • 8th Placing - World University Games
  • 24th Placing - World Track and Field Championships

2018 Achievements

  • Commonwealth Games Finalist


Ben began throwing on a small family farm outside of Levin, New Zealand and attended Palmerston North Boys High School.

Ben quickly progressed his distances from 50 metres to 70 metres through his schooling years and moved up to Hamilton in 2014 to train alongside four-time Olympian and 2012 Olympic Finalist - Stuart Farquhar, with the goal of reaching the Olympic Level. Coached by Debbie Strange, Ben progressed consistently through the 70's and in February of 2017 broke the 80 metre barrier for the first time qualifying for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Ben progressed his personal best further in 2017 to 82.44 metres where he was selected in the New Zealand Track and Field Team for the World Track and Field Championships in London.

The 2017 World Track and Field Championships was Ben's first major international event where he came away 24th in the world with a throw of 76.46 metres. Ben went on to finish 8th place at the World University Games in Taipei. Ben competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he finished 10th place in the final. 

Alongside his professional sporting career Ben is studying his Chartered Accountancy Qualification and has recently graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor in Agricommerce and Post Graduate Diploma in Accountancy. He also works part time in Cambridge as an accountant at a local firm - . 

Long Term Goals

  • Have a career best throw over 90 metres
  • Medal at the Olympic Games/ Commonwealth Games/ and World Championships

Yearly Progressions

2009 - 49.70m

2010 - 60.38m

2011 - 64.80m

2012 - 70.65m

2013 - 71.72m

2014 - 74.79m

2015 - 77.97m

2016 - 79.80m

2017 - 82.44m

2018 - 79.15m

Thank you for joining me on my journey.