Are you the Next Local Olympian from the Canberra region? MattyB wants to help guide you on this amazing journey!
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
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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