2016 ACT Champs #AACT16

The strongest ACT Championships in recent years will commence on Friday 5th February where 8 time National Champion Lauren Wells will look to kick off the meet with the first of many Olympic qualifying performances over the 3 days.

Early concerns about headwinds for the sprint events have been alleviated thanks to a successful collaborative operation between Athletics ACT, Athletics Australia and Athletics North Queensland that will ensure timing it set up in both directions on Saturday.

Since the AIS track was resurfaced in late 2013 the track has earned the reputation as being the quickest track in the country with numerous fast results including the Australian record performance by Melissa Breen at this very meet in 2014.

Breen will line up against a national final strength field including PNG Olympian Toea Wisil the recent winner of the Hunter Track classic, Commonwealth Games representative Ashleigh Whittaker and NSW 60m champion Abbie Tadeo.

The excitement around the men’s 100m is nothing short of epic with Josh Clarke confirmed to line up against Josh “the boss” Ross, Alex Hartman fresh from a new PB of 10.30 and World Uni Games team members Tom Gamble (10.28) and Jin Su Jung (10.27). Clarke’s performance into a strong headwind last week left everyone wondering what he could run in ideal conditions and with a positive wind behind him on Saturday it is possible that we may see the fastest 100m by an Australian in many years.

Other highlights of an action packed weekend include:

  • Rubie vs Mitchell in a super strong Women’s 400m where all girls will be looking to impress selectors for a 4 x 400m relay spot.
  • Stratton, Jaensch and Anang chasing the Olympic standard of 6.70m in the Women’s Long Jump. Stratton was agonisingly close with 6.69m last weekend.
  • Jenneke vs Tadeo and Hough vs Merlino in the sprint hurdles
  • The return of current national champion Tristan Thomas to the 400m Hurdles against Leigh Bennett and Raymond Smith who finished behind him.
  • Ella Nelson, 200m national champion, to explode in her first run for the year and clearly targeting a sub 23 second result.
  • NSW athletes Roff, Nipperess and Plummer  vs ACT boys Gusman, Johnson and Saunders.
  • Kelsey-Lee Roberts opens her season in the Javelin

Keep track of live results

Olympic Qualifiers information and footage sure to be found at the following

@AthsAust @ACTAthletics @MossyandRobbo @MattyBDEPT #AACT16

Final timetable of events.

Good luck to all.

2016 Wollongong Gift review

Leigh Bennett has flown the flag for the MBD squad with a breathtaking victory in the 300m final. Coming from 11m Leigh was close to 20m behind with 100m but swamped home to take the win in comfortable fashion in the end. His time of 33.16 shows that he is in great form for the season ahead

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Merimbula Womens Gift winner Christine gates also had a busy day competing in the 110m Gift and also the 60m and 100m events on the day.

Next Gift is Botany Bay on 26th January.

2016 Merimbula Gift Review

MBD squad shine at the first staging of the Merimbula Gift.

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Congratulations to everyone who competed today with many from the squad making finals.

Key results include:

  • Kayla Sadler – 70m Open winner 
  • Christine Gates – 120m Women’s / Vets winner
  • Leigh Bennett – Runner up 120m Merimbula Gift
  • Courtney Leary – 3rd 70m Open
  • Kayla Sadler – 3rd 120m Women’s / Vets Gift
  • Nick McEwen – Final 120m Youth Gift

2015 Queanbeyan Gift

The 2015 edition of the Queanbeyan Gift has been run and won and once again the weekend has lived up to the reputation of being the best carnival in the country.

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The MBD squad was very busy over the 2 days of competition and congratulations goes to everyone who ran their heart out.

Top 3 results include

  • Leigh Bennett – 300m victory (maiden pro win)
  • Brendan Matthews – Back markers victory from scratch
  • Reece Langdon – awesome 2nd in the 1600m race
  • Melissa Breen – very close 2nd in Back markers
  • Tom Hobson – strong 3rd in the 600m (Reece 4th)

Other Finalists

  • Courtney Leary – Youth Girls 120m Gift
  • Nicholas McEwen – Youth Boys 120m Gift
  • LJ Hilditch – Women’s Back markers 100m
  • Sarah Blizzard – Women’s Back markers 100m
  • Vicki Matthews – Veterans 120m

The squad also featured heavily in semi finals of the Women’s and Men’s gift with 3 athletes running 3rd in their semi and missing the final by one spot (Sarah, Melissa and Leigh)

Special mention to Jonathan for competing in his first gift since joining the squad and it was also great to see Kayla back on the track and competing.

Footage of races available

Congratulations to all.

Athletes finishing school – Have you considered studying and training in CANBERRA next year?

A lifestyle and environment that allows you to balance training with study and/or work because everything is only 10 minutes away!

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If you are an athlete who may need to consider moving interstate next year to study it is important to consider all factors to make the right decision. Many people find themselves in an environment that isn’t ideal for their training and your development and performance suffers leaving many people dropping out of the sport completely.

You may not have given Canberra a thought but if you are looking for a location that is ideal for training then maybe you should. MattyB DEPT proudly based in Canberra provides professional coaching to athletes of all ages and boasts numerous national junior and senior champions as well as three Olympians.

Yes we have cold winters but here are just a few things that may be of interest when making your decision.

  •  You are no more than 10min travel time from either ANU or University of Canberra residences to training. Less travel allows more flexibility with training and also important recovery time.
  • Training in the MBD squad gives you greater access to the track than general public meaning greater flexibility around university timetables.
  • Our squad does gym at the University of Canberra and MBD squad members receive a big discount on membership and access to special training areas.
  • The squad has an established relationship with a local physiotherapy centre that provides screening and discounted treatment to squad members.
  • We also have access to massage therapy services as discounted rates

MBD has positions available for all levels of ability, including elite, so if you are keen to explore your athletic ability then Canberra may just be the right place to balance your study and athletics.

More information on MBD can be found at www.mattybdept.com or if you wish you express interest or contact me mattybdept@gmail.com

Good luck with your results in study and athletics over the next few months.

2015-16 Season Underway

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The squad has already commenced the season with many new personal bests already being achieved. Over 10 athletes competed this weekend either in Canberra or Sydney.

Early season highlights include:

  • Nicholas McEwen – Running multiple PB’s in 100m, 200m, 400m and Long Jump
  • Reece Langdon – Knocking 30 seconds off his 1500m PB with a recent 4.00.53 a squad record
  • Leigh Bennett – Winning 400m Hurdles at Australian University Games
  • Thomas Hobson – taking bronze at Australian University Games in the 400m
  • Sarah Blizzard – finalist in the 100m at Australian University Games.


It is also exciting to announce some new members of the squad for 2015-16.

  • Jonathan Stefaniak
  • Clare de Salis
  • Katrina Scaramella

The squad also wishes the following people all the best to have either retired or moved interstate

  • Brandan Galic
  • Shaun Hargreaves
  • Henry Hobson

With 3 weeks until the Queanbeyan Gift the squad is looking forward to a great period of racing after putting in the hard work over the winter.

Stayed tuned to the website and squad Facebook page for updates and results.