Born in Jordan to a Jordanian father and British mother, Lawrence Fanous moved to England as a child and began his athletic career – swimming and running cross-country for the country. He competed in his first triathlon at the age of 14, then taking up the sport at 16.
During his early years competing in triathlons, Lawrence raced for the TFN Race Team in the UK, winning several national titles. He competed for GB five times, including in the World Student Triathlon Championships in 2006.
At the end of 2007, Lawrence was knocked off his bike while on a training camp in South Africa – shattering his femur. His injury took him out of the sport, and almost ended his career.
After graduating from Loughborough University in 2008, however, he found new motivation and decided to work towards becoming a full-time triathlete. In order to fulfil his lifelong ambition to represent Jordan, he also decided to transfer his representation.
In 2009 and 2010, Lawrence based himself in the Southwest of France. He joined a local club, and convinced them to make a move into French Grand Prix racing. He is looking to help the team as they strive to earn promotion to division one: the top level of Elite team racing in the world.
Lawrence now trains with the British Squad and World-class Development and Podium athletes at Loughborough University, under supervision of their head coach, Gavin Smith. He is a coach himself, too, having gained his British Triathlon Level 2 coaching certificate.
He says that the knowledge he gained during a close, but unsuccessful, attempt to qualify for London 2012 has given him a huge advantage going into the next four-year cycle, and he hopes to compete at the Olympic games in Rio in 2016.