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!


Media about Olympian Clinic and Talent ID Day

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Date: Saturday 11th October 2014

Arrive: 1.30pm

Where: AIS track

Cost: Free entry

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

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