2014-15 Season

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The new season is about to start and there are some exciting things happening with MattyB DEPT.

With the MBD senior squad hard at work and taking on the Canberra winter head on everyone has worked well and supported each other to ensure the squad has a huge season ahead. A huge thank you goes to Alex Van Der Meer who put his hand up to take on the role of assistant coach as part of his own development. It has been fantastic to mentor him and I look forward to Alex taking on more a leadership role in the future. It is fantastic to have both Alex and Melissa Breen as assistant coaches and it has really allowed for some growth in the squad. There have been quite a few new recruits which is exciting and brings new energy. AACT interclub will be a major focus so you can expect the squad to be regularly competing in Canberra this season, especially in squad relays. Major events this year will include Queanbeyan Gift (Nov 2014), All Schools (Dec 2014), Canberra Track Classic (Feb 2015), National junior and senior Championships (March 2015).

MattyB DEPT. is also now working more closely with University of Canberra including the use of the gym and also student led clinics. This professional approach enables athletes are able to access physiotherapy, nutrition and psychology services all year round. On top of this we are lucky to have Elite Rehab & Sports Physiotherapy on board to supply discount treatment to the elite athletes and also specific track and field screening to athletes to assist in injury prevention and individual program development.

Melissa Breen has also taken on the role as strength and conditioning coach for the junior squad which is another huge progression in the level of professional services provided to athletes. Athletes are given proper instruction during this critical period of development to ensure they are learning proper lifting technique which will greatly improve their chance of elite performance long term. Dean Redzic continues on as the senior squad strength and conditioning coach with these sessions also taking place at the UCFit gym.

October 2014 will see the commencement of a new development squad for ages 12-16. Interest in the squad is now being taken and it is hoped that several athletes will take up the opportunity to begin a similar journey that Melissa Breen and Lauren Wells took. Both commenced as young teenagers in the squad and were developed right through the MBD pathway to become Olympians. More information here.

The popular mini and junior coaching block sessions will also recommence in the 6 weeks. These sessions will be run by Lauren Wells and introduces children from age 8-13 to fun training that develops basic running skills. Parents or children looking for information can find it here.

Also on the horizon are specialist speed and technique sessions for people of all ages, sports and ability looking to get an advantage over their competitors. More information here

For now though it is back to training and I look forward to seeing you out at the track soon


Breen form continues in Japan (Video)

Commonwealth B qualifier for Melissa Breen in the 200m at Shizuoka

After running her 5th fastest 100m ever in Hiroshima 23 year old Melissa Breen has again shown great international form at the Shizuoka Meeting this time over the 200m distance.

Competing against 2011 400m World Champion Amantle Montsho (23.06), Breen finished second in time of 23.37 (1.8w) which is also a Commonwealth Games B standard for the event.

Video of 200m Final: 

“To be honest I am shocked and excited to run that fast considering I have done very little 200m work and I had to run two in a few hours.” Breen also stated that “to improve that much (1 second) since running the 200m at nationals shows the benefit of the recent training block I have been doing.”

This is her third fastest 200m result ever and came after running an quick 23.27 in the heat 3 hours earlier which was unfortunately wind aided.

Video of 200m Heat:  

In other great news for female sprinting 20 year old Victorian Ashleigh Whittaker, who was runner up in the 200m at the recent National Championships behind Ella Nelson, also claimed the Commonwealth Games B standard with a time of 23.40 in the heats. She placed third in the final behind Montshoo and Breen in a time of 23.47.

The next competition will be at Mito on the 6th where Breen will go back to her preferred distance of 100m. She will then compete at the Tokyo World Challenge event on the 11th May.

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Melissa Breen shows promising International form with Victory in Hiroshima

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Melissa Breen shows promising International form with Victory in Hiroshima.

Flash Results

Final – 11.28 (1.5w) Commonwealth Games A Qualifier and her 5th Fastest all time.

Heat – 11.22 (3.5w) Heat (3rd fastest run in all conditions)


All- time Best performances

11.11 Aus Record     9th Feb 2014

11.15 Canberra        9th Feb 2014 – victory of Sally Pearson

11.25 Sydney           9th March 2013

11.27 Luzern            17th July 2012 – 2 weeks before Olympic Games

11.28 Hiroshima    29th April 2014


Japan Schedule Summary

3rd May – Shizuoka 200m

6th May – Mito 100m

11th May – Tokyo World Challenge Meet 100m

Today was Melissa’s 2nd fastest time outside of Australia. Second behind her PB in the lead up to the London Olympics at Luzern where she ran 11.27 with the perfect allowable wind of 2.0m/s.


This is Melissa’s 5th A qualifier in the past 3 months. 3 of her top 5 races have been in 2014 and she has run personal bests in 2012 (11.27), 2013 (11.25) and 2014 (11.11).


Since breaking the Australian record early in the domestic season a decision was made to be careful to not fall into the same trap as last year where she ran a PB in Sydney and then picked up an injury after travelling to Perth. This wiped out the remainder of the 2013 domestic season.


Breen has been back into hard work since nationals and this gives a great indication that she is tracking towards some great results at the Commonwealth Games.


After the final today Breen stated “I’m very happy. I am glad the final was a legal wind and I felt like I executed it better than the heat.”


“I still have some things to iron out with my blocks but we have recently been playing around with some different focus areas and that will take a bit of adjusting and refinement.”


Breen will next compete in Shizuoka on the 3rd May in the 200m which will be used as more of a training benefit rather than chasing a fast time.


“I missed some work and races through February and March being safe and looking after my body after the national record so running two 200m in Shizuoka will make for a good training day.”


She will then compete on the 6th May at a venue that hold great significance for Australian sprinting. In 2003 Patrick Johnson became the first Australian to break 10 seconds at Mito and 11 years later the recent female Australian record holder will return to this track to run the 100m.


23 year old Breen will then complete your 2 week journey in Japan when she runs the 100m at the Tokyo Meet on the 11th May. This meet is part of the IAAF World Challenge events which also includes the Melbourne World Challenge Meet. Confirmed names for Tokyo already include Justin Gatlin, Kirani James, Brianna Rollins and Darya Klishina.


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