Category Archives: 2017-2018 Season

AACT Champs 2018 delivers great results again

Squad Medal Summary at 2018 AACT Champs – 15 x Gold, 2 x Silver, 4 x Bronze

Athletes were given fantastic conditions and they did not disappoint with multiple state titles, personal bests, season bests and a Commonwealth Games A qualifier recorded.

Congratulations to everyone and a huge thank you to all the AACT officials and volunteers for providing such an athlete friendly championship. It is simply the meet on the calendar that everyone wants to come to each year.

The two stand out moments over the championships for the MBD squad were (see video summary below)

  1. Adam Farlow’s performances at age 35
  2. Lauren Wells leading off the hurdles crew with a Commonwealth Games A qualifier and then seeing Tessa Constantine, Molly Sturgiss, Matt Walters and Leigh Bennett all follow her with new personal bests.


Lauren Wells – Open 400m Hurdles

Lauren Wells – Open Long Jump

Adam Farlow – Open 100m

Adam Farlow – Open 200m

Sarah Blizzard – Open 100m

Sarah Blizzard – Open 200m

Tom Agnew – Under 20 100m

Matt Walters – Under 20 400m Hurdles

Matt King – Under 20 200m

Matt King – Under 20 400m

Molly Sturgiss – Under 18 400m

Molly Sturgiss – Under 18 400m Hurdles

Holly Abbey – Under 18 100m

Chloe Smith – Under 14 100m

Chloe Smith – Under 14 200m


Tessa Constantine – Under 20 400m Hurdles

Chloe Smith – Under 14 400m


Leigh Bennett – Open 400m Hurdles

Rachael Carnegie – Open 200m

Chandler Leydon – Under 18 100m

Chandler Leydon – Under 18 200m

Congratulations to the whole squad and thank you to all involved in these results including Scott Smith, Melissa Breen Myogen – Performance Movement Therapy, parents, and partners.





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.

2018 AACT Champs MBD squad preview

Huge weekend for the MattyB DEPT (MBD) squad at AACT Champs
Josh Clarke and Lauren Wells will headline the MBD squad as they continue their preparations towards the nationals championships and Commonwealth Games trials.
Josh will race in a very competitive 100m event while Lauren will compete in the Long Jump and 400m Hurdles. Both her events are on Saturday night which will give her the perfect rehearsal for nationals where both finals will be held on the same day again.
The squad will be proudly represented by 18 athletes including 2 of our older athletes who have been running in career best form this season.
Adam Farlow (35) will be out to regain his ACT titles in the 100m and 200m after recently claiming the M35 National record in the 200m last weekend with a time of 21.93.
Leigh Bennett is closing in on a Commonwealth Games B qualifier in the 400m Hurdles. Former squad member Brendan Cole was able to run a PB at age 31 while competing at the London Olympics and Leigh will be using this as inspiration when he chases a sub 50 second time on Saturday night.
At the other end of the age spectrum many of the junior MBD athletes will be chasing PB’s this weekend.
These include:
* Chloe Smith (12 years) 100m, 200m, 400m
* Holly Abbey (15 years) 100m
* Molly Sturgiss (16 years) 400m, 400m Hurdles
* Chandler Leydon (16 years) 100m, 200m
* Matt King (18 years) 200m, 400m
* Nick McEwen (19 years) 100m, 200m, 400m
Tom Agnew (100m) and Tessa Constantine (400mH) are searching for World Junior qualifiers this domestic season and will both be out for strong performances this weekend.
Other athletes who will be proudly representing MBD this weekend include
* Jordan Shelley – The Australian Under 20 champion will look for some quick times in the 100m and 200m
* Sarah Blizzard – 100m and 200m
* Rachael Carnegie – 200m
* Will O’Neill (T35) – 100m and 200m
* Steve Hocking – 400m
* Matt Walters – 400m Hurdles
Unfortunately Melissa Breen will not race this weekend at AACT Champs
A quest for answers to a poor performance last week at the Down Under meet in Canberra has discovered some tendon and neural issues.
Biomechanical data showed a 15% drop in vertical power in her running gait and MRI scans also showed some tendon damage and neural symptoms.
We wish Melissa all the best for a quick recovery and she will hopefully be back for Nationals. The priority now is to have her at her best for the Commonwealth Games which are 70 days away and she wants to race in the 100m and 4 x 100m relay.

2017-18 MBD Squad

MattyB DEPT MBD orange font

Season 2017-18 begins this Saturday 7th October and it gives me great pleasure to announce the MattyB DEPT. (MBD) squad for this season. There are some additional athletes that will be named later in the year when they officially commence.

Limited spots are available please email for more information.

The squad contains athletes aspiring for selection in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2018 World Masters, 2018 World Juniors, National Senior and Junior Medals, Gift Victories and of course numerous PB’s.

Good luck to the entire squad

MBD Elite Ambassadors (Elite Athletes & Assistant Coaches in MBD squads)

MBD Elite Athletes (Achieved Elite Standards age 17+)

MBD Senior Squad (Athletes aged 18+)

MBD Development Squad (Athletes aged under 18)

  • Molly Sturgiss*
  • Clare de Salis
  • Kobe O’Neall
  • Holly Abbey
  • Matt King
  • Freya Dadswell
  • Chloe Smith
  • Chandler Leydon

* Athlete has achieved their age elite standard and therefore tracking towards MBD elite squad selection from age 17+

MBD – MattyB’s FIT4FUN Junior Squads (Athletes aged 8-15)

For athletes who wish to do 1 or 2 sessions per week. Limited places available check website for more details.

Official S & C Coaches –

  • MBD Squad – Scott Smith, Melissa Breen, MattyB
  • Lauren Wells & Josh Clarke – Ross Smith
  • Melissa Breen – MattyB

Official squad therapist – Myogen (Performance.Movement.Therapy)

Please contact them 02 5105 4109 or for Soft tissue therapy, sports massage, remedial massage, strength & conditioning and myofascial dry needling for active people in ACT and NSW.

Congratulations to the following athletes from within the squad have also been recognised on NASS, Gold Coast Gold Relay programs or ACT Target Talent Programs (TTP)

  • Josh Clarke (NASS and Relay), Lauren Wells (Relay), Melissa Breen (Relay), Molly Sturgiss (TTP), Tom Agnew (TTP)