Category Archives: 2010/11 Media Release and Posts

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

Buzz win Maribyrnong Gift

Brendan Matthews showed he was in calculations for the 2018 Stawell Gift with a strong victory in the Maribyrnong Gift run over 100m.

As part of the incentive system developed by the VAL this victory entitles Buzz to a 0.75m lift off his normal mark for the Stawell Gift.

He will now run off 7.5m at Easter at Stawell.

Congratulations Buzz on a wonderful victory.