Australia Day weekend Athletics

The MBD Squad is out in full force over the Australia Day long weekend.

Yesterday a strong group competed at the Wangaratta Gift, part of the Victorian Athletic league circuit, with many pleasing results including

  • Sarah Blizzard runner up in the Open 70m
  • Ken Telfer runner up in the Masters 300m
  • Adam Farlow 4th in the Masters 120m
  • Brendan Matthews final of the Open 70m
  • Sarah Blizzard final of the Women’s 120m Gift

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On Monday the squad will be represented by a large number of athletes in the Canberra Track classic and also the ACT Athletics pre-meet held just before the track classic.

11.00am Long Claire Roberts
11.15am 100m To be confirmed
12 midday Long Lesh Bennetts
12.30pm 400m Lesh Bennetts, Charlotte Nicholson
2.00PM Long Sarah Walsh
2.31pm 100m C M Adam Farlow
2.35pm 100m C W Holly Abbey, Lesh Bennetts, Charlotte Nicholson
2.45pm 100m B W Tamara Hotten, Sarah Blizzard
3.31pm 400m H Lauren Wells
3.41pm 100m A W Melissa Breen
3.48pm 100m A M Tom Agnew
4.37pm 200m B W Tamra Hotten
4.43pm 200m B M Tom Agnew
4.55pm 200m A M Jordan Shelley

Weather is looking good and hopefully there would be a good crowd in attendance to support all the athletes.

2019 MBD Squad

MBD is proud to announce a squad of 28 athletes for 2019.

Some changes have been made to guidelines around the different squads to ensure there is a smooth pathway of athlete development. The main squad (age 18+) also has a specific squad that identifies those athletes who focus primarily on professional athletic events (GIFTED squad).

Sarah Walsh joins Lauren Wells and Melissa Breen as an MBD Ambassador which identifies athletes who are of international standard and play an active role in mentoring, coaching and promotion of the squad.

Including Sarah, Lauren and Melissa there are 8 athletes in the MBD Elite Squad (athletes who reach the 18 and above elite standards). This squad boasts multiple national champions and Australian representatives.

There are also 8 in the MBD Development squad (age 13-17) with several tracking towards the Elite squad by the time they turn 18.

2019 MBD Squads

MBD Ambassadors (18+)

MBD Elite Squad

MBD Squad (18+)

MBD Gifted Squad  (Compete in professional running events)

MBD Development Squad (13-17)

If you are interested in applying for any of the squads please send an email of interest to Matt Beckenham at

The popular MattyB’s FIT4FUN junior squad, coached by Jordan Shelley and Lauren Wells, will recommence its sessions for kids aged 7-13 soon. Please keep up to date on this group here

2019 ACT Multi Event and Invitational Events


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The squad has exploded into 2019 with some outstanding performances on a perfect day at the AIS in Canberra. Footage available on MBD YouTube page

Sarah Walsh jumped a new PB and Oceania Record for her class in the Long Jump with 5.29m (1.8w).

Lauren Wells wound back the clock today running what would have been a half second PB in the 200m with a time of 23.35 if not for a wind a mere 0.2 over the allowable.

Also in the 200m Tamara Hotten (24.37), Helen Pretorius (24.87) and Charlotte Nicholson (26.39) ran strongly. In the Men’s we saw Jordan Shelley (21.37), Adam Farlow (22.61) and Ken Telfer (25.67) blast around the bend.

Melissa Breen made a welcome return to the track for the first time in 8 months running to victory in the 100 yards (10.66 – 2.5w) and 60m (7.44 – 1.7w)

Tamara Hotten (10.91), Helen Pretorius (11.28) and Sarah Blizzard (11.43) also ran the 100 yards. Adam Farlow also ran 10.29 (2.2) in the 100 yards.

In the 1 lap events we saw Molly Sturgiss run 64.38 in the 400m Hurdles while Lauren Wells (53.47) and Charlotte Nicholson (60.32) completed the 400m.

Back to the shorter events we saw Adam Farlow claim the Men’s 35 Australian Record in the 60m (7.21 – 1.1w). Chandler Leydon (7.36) and Ken Telfer (8.13) also competed in the Men’s 60m.

In the Womens, Melissa Breen took victory in a legal time of 7.44 with Sarah Blizzard 8.10 and Charlotte Nicholson 8.28 representing the squad in the 60m.

In the under 18 Heptathlon Claire Roberts had a great opening day with numerous PB’s

  • 100m H – 15.54 (2.3w)
  • High Jump – 1.46m
  • Shot Putt – 9.08m
  • 200m – 27.00 (1.6w)

Day 2 of the Heptathlon for Claire Roberts was also a great day

  • Long Jump – 5.35m
  • Javelin – 28.66m
  • 800m – 2:31.72

Others results from Sunday included victory for Tamara Hotten in the 100m – 12.31 (-0.3) with Charlotte Nicholson running 13.40 in the same race. Chandler Leydon ran 12.11 (-1.3w)

Thank you to all officials and also Pease Photography for the great action shots. please follow them here

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