Super Saturday at #AACT16 #SummerofAths

Olympians, World Championship and Commonwealth Games representatives aplenty will be on show this afternoon on Day 2 of the ACT Championships

Summary of Key events on Day 2

  • Sprint Hurdles – 3.30pm – 3.50pm
  • 100m Heats – 4pm – 4.27pm
  • IPC 100m Women heat – 4.55pm
  • 100m Finals – 5.40pm – 6.15pm
  • Women’s Javelin – 6pm
  • Women’s Long Jump – 6.10pm
  • 400m Finals – 6.25pm – 7.13pm
  • IPC ambulant 100m Finals – 7.25pm
  • 1500m Finals – 7.40pm – 8.34pm

Summary Key events

Men’s 100m (Final 6.12pm)

The excitement around the men’s 100m is nothing short of epic with Josh Clarke confirmed to line up against Josh “the boss” Ross, Alex Hartman fresh from a new PB of 10.30 and World Uni Games team members Tom Gamble (10.28) and Jin Su Jung (10.27). Clarke’s performance into a strong headwind last week left everyone wondering what he could run in ideal conditions and with a positive wind behind him on Saturday it is possible that we may see the fastest 100m by an Australian in many years.

1 Clarke, Joshua       New South Wales       10.19

  • Recent winner of Hunter Track Classic with 10.39 into strong 2.8m/s headwind.
  • Only 20 years of age but 2015 National Champion with a PB of 10.19
  • Semi Finalist 2014 World Juniors

2 Ross, Josh           Victoria             10.08

  • 2 x Stawell Gift winner including 1 from scratch
  • PB 10.08
  • Anchor runner of 2012 Olympic Finalist 4 x 100m relay team which broke the National record (38.17)

 3 Jung, Jin Su         New South Wales       10.27

  • 2015 World University Games finalist
  • Member of the strong Sydney University club team that recently broke the NSW 4 x 100m record

4 Gamble, Tom         Queensland           10.28

  • Ran Personal Best at semi finals of 2015 World University Games.
  • Super tall with massive stride and will be flying home at the end of the race.

5 Hartmann, Alexander Queensland           10.30

  • Recently ran 10.31 just outside his PB to show he is in outstanding shape.
  • Member of the 4 x 100m relay team at 2014 World Relays

6 Jaworski, Benjamin   New South Wales       10.34

  • Former World Junior representative
  • Member of the 2015 World University Games team with Gamble and Jung

7 Hough, Nick         New South Wales       10.39

  • 2014 Commonwealth Games finalist in 110m Hurdles
  • 2015 World Championship representative
  • Preparing to compete in the 60m Hurdles at upcoming World Indoor Championships in March

8 Ntiamoah, Isaac     New South Wales       10.42

  • Member of the Olympic finalist 4 x 100m team in 2012 with Josh Ross.
  • Has a 10.14 windy time to his credit so will appreciate the tail winds


Women’s 100m (Final 6.15pm)

Breen will line up against a national final strength field including PNG Olympian Toea Wisil the recent winner of the Hunter Track classic, Commonwealth Games representative Ashleigh Whittaker and NSW 60m champion Abbie Tadeo.

Features the top 3 from nationals in 2015.

1 Breen, Melissa       Athletics AC         11.11

  • National record holder running 11.11 at this very meet in 2014
  • 2012 Olympian, 2 x Commonwealth Games rep
  • Stawell Gift winner from scratch

2 Wisil, Toea        Queensland           11.27w

  • 2012 Olympian running for PNG running a windy 11.27 at the Games in heat against Allyson Felix
  • Multiple Oceania Champion in 100m, 200m and 400m
  • Recent winner of Hunter Track classic in impressive style.

3 Whittaker, Ashleigh Victoria             11.43

  • 2014 Commonwealth Games representative in the 200m
  • 2015 World University Games finalist in the 100m
  • Third behind Breen and Wisil at 2015 National championships in 100m.

4 Wearne, Christine   New South Wales       11.70

  • Super talented runner with great success in professional running including winning 2015 Ballarat Gift from 0.25m
  • Recently ran a new PB of 11.70 in New Zealand

5 Graf, Eloise         New South Wales       11.75

  • Australian representative at 2015 World Relays
  • Multiple National finalist in the 100m
  • National beach sprint champion on the sand

6 Taddeo, Abbie       New South Wales       11.80

  • Super talented hurdler and sprinter
  • Powered to victory in recent NSW 60m championship

Women’s 400m (7.01pm)

Possibly the race of the weekend with amazing depth. The women’s 4 x 400m team is qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games so the girls are after elusive spots on the team.

Looks a match race between Rubie vs Mitchell but any of these girls could step up and challenge.

1 Rubie, Anneliese     New South Wales       51.69

  • 2015 World Championship semi finalist
  • Already qualified for 2016 Olympic Games with PB of 51.69 at the World Championships
  • Coached by the great Peter Fortune (coach of Cathy Freeman)

2 Mitchell, Morgan     Victoria             52.04

  • Last week ran a huge PB of 52.04 to win the Hunter Track classic and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games
  • World Champs and Commonwealth Games representative
  • 2014 National champion

3 Wells, Lauren       North Canber         52.82

  • Local girl
  • 8 x national champion in 400m Hurdles
  • Olympic and World Championship semi finalist in 400m hurdles

4 Jones (Sargent), Caitlin     Queensland           52.16

  • Recently married know Caitlin Jones
  • Qualified physiotherapist
  • Former World University Games finalist
  • Commonwealth Games and World Championship representative

5 Gulli-Nance, Jess   Victoria             53.22

  • Recently married within a week of Cailtin’s wedding.
  • Member of 2015 World Relay finalist team
  • Commonwealth Games and World Championship

6 Pekin, Lyndsay       Athletics We         53.51

  • 2014 Commonwealth Games representative in the 400m Hurdles
  • Member of national 4 x 400m relay squad for World Relays, Commonwealth Games and World Championships

7 Brennan, Monica     Victoria             53.73

  • Former national 200m champion stepping up to 400m this season
  • Has achieved multiple sub 54 second results in recent months and will be looking to put herself in the mix for Olympic relay selection this year.

Other events on

Women’s Long Jump (6.10pm)

Stratton, Jaensch and Anang chasing the Olympic standard of 6.70m in the Women’s Long Jump. Stratton was agonisingly close with 6.69m last weekend.

1 Stratton, Brooke     Victoria             6.73m

2 Jaensch, Chelsea     Queensland           6.63m

3 Anang, Naa           Queensland           6.55m

4 Penney, Jessica     North Canberra       6.54m




2015 Albury Gift weekend a great success

A highly successful trip to the 2015 Albury Gift on the weekend. The squad has completed a big training block over Christmas and are now looking forward to 2 months of racing.

  • Highlights for the day Brandan Galic and Brendan Matthews 5th and 6th in the Gift final.
  • Sam Pomroy ran a gallant 6th in the Women’s Gift final.
  • Sarah Blizzard second and Kevin Matthews third in front markers 70m
  • Nathan McNab second in the back markers 70m
  • Rachael Carnegie 6th and Vicki Matthews 8th in the 300m event.
  • A HUGE congratulations to our youngest and oldest in MBD.
    9 year old Chloe Smith won the Little Athletics 120m and 400m!
  • Kevin Matthews, Vicki Matthews, Michael Rutter went 1-2-3 in the Masters 120m.

Awesome weekend and thanks to Scott Smith for his massage treatment of the squad on the day.

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Next stop Canberra Track Classic, AACT Summer Series and Ballarat Gift all on 7th February.

7 athletes from the MBD squad to compete at All Schools


7 athletes will represent MattyB Dept. at the Australian All School in Adelaide.

All the best to Courtney, Lilli, Nathan, Nick and Noah from the senior squad. It is great to also see Zoe and Brayden from the newly established Development squad representing ACT. This follows on from fellow Development squad athletes Destiny and Holly who recently returned from the 12 years and under primary school nationals in Tasmania.

A great learning opportunity for everyone and all coaches and athletes in the squad will be wishing you every success in doing your best.


Lauren Wells wins Athletics Australia Flame athlete of the year


The MattyB DEPT. would like to congratulate and proudly recognise the recent award Lauren Wells received at the Athletics Australia awards night.

Lauren was awarded “The Flame” athlete of the year which is a reward for her passion to the sport, supportive nature to all her team members and outstanding consistency and involvement in the national senior team for multiple years.
After making her first senior team at age 17 for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Lauren has not missed a national team for the past 5 years which includes two more Commonwealth Games, 2 x World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games team.
Lauren has also claimed 7 national titles during her career and it focused on a big 2015 before the focus again shifts towards the Olympic Games in 2016.
She is a fantastic role model for the sport and we are proud to have Lauren as a member of the MattyB DEPT. as both a senior elite athlete and coach of the junior and mini FIT4FUN squads.
  • 2005 World Youth Silver Medal – 400m Hurdles / Final Long Jump
  • 2006 Commonwealth Games – 400m Hurdles (age 17)
  • 2006 World Juniors semi final – 400m Hurdles
  • 2006 World Cup Oceania representative – 400m Hurdles
  • 2007 World University Games Final – Long Jump (6.40m) / 400m Hurdles
  • 2009 World University Games Final – 400m Hurdles
  • 2010 Continental Cup Oceania representative – 400m Hurdles / 4 x 400m
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games 4th – 400m Hurdles / 4 x 400m
  • 2011 World Championships semi final – 400m Hurdles / 4 x 400m
  • 2012 Olympic Games semi final – 400m Hurdles
  • 2013 World Championships semi final – 400m Hurdles
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games 4th 400m Hurdles / 4 x 400m
  • 2014 Continental Cup representative 400m Hurdles / 4 x 400m
More information on Lauren can be found at

Telstra Queanbeyan Gift Entries now open – Close 5th Nov

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The Telstra Queanbeyan Gift (22nd – 23rd November 2014) is less than one month away and entries are now open.

This is the richest women’s Gift in Australia with a total of $18,000 up for grabs which is 3 times more than the Women’s Stawell Gift. The Men’s Gift also has $18,000 up for grabs.

Superstars Silas Moss and Dave Robertson will be trackside all weekend commentating so it is sure to be highly entertaining.

If you have represented Australia in the past 2 years on a senior team you may be entitled to free registration with the NSWAL so you only pay the entry fees for events you enter. Please contact Andrew at who will give you more details.

Here is you chance to pick up some good money at the start of the season.

With the handicap limit set at 12m in the Men’s and Women’s 120 Gifts this will ensure that if you are in good shape you will have a chance.

First step –
Complete membership of the NSWAL at
Second step –
Once you have done this you can enter the Queanbeyan Gift at…

Entries close on 5th November so get your entries in now.

For more information like program, discount accommodation options etc. please check out

Hope to see you all there on 22-23rd November 2014.

You know you want one of those Happy Gilmore cheques!