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 http://www.laurenwells.com.au

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 andrew@cesports.com.au 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 https://membercui.active.com/membership/enterEmail
Second step –
Once you have done this you can enter the Queanbeyan Gift at https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race…

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

For more information like program, discount accommodation options etc. please check out http://www.nswal.com/events/queanbeyan-gift-carnival/

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

You know you want one of those Happy Gilmore cheques!


Media about Olympian Clinic and Talent ID Day

Summary Details

Date: Saturday 11th October 2014

Arrive: 1.30pm

Where: AIS track

Cost: Free entry

Register name and age to mattybdept@gmail.com

Canberra Times writer Lee Gaskin’s article Athletics coach Matt Beckenham searching for Canberra’s next track and field Olympian

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/act-sport/athletics-coach-matt-beckenham-searching-for-canberras-next-track-and-field-olympian-20141008-10rfi7.html#ixzz3FYumEr00