Blizzard wins 2017 Ballarat Open 70m

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Congratulations to Sarah Blizzard for taking out the Open 70m at the Ballarat Gift weekend.

After strong wins in her heat and semi final Sarah maintained her winning ways to take out the final in a strong time of 7.50 off 12.25m.

Sarah also made her way into the final off the Women’s 120m Mars Gift. Running off 4.25m she finished 5th to top off a huge weekend of racing.

She will next run at Stonnington Gift where she finished second last year.

Noah Geleris also made a successful return to racing which was very pleasing running in the 70m and 120m Open Gift.


World Best for Lauren Wells

IMG_6786.PNGToday in Canberra, 2 time Olympian, Lauren Wells achieved an unofficial “World Best” for the Women’s 200m Hurdles (bend). Running over 10 hurdles Lauren finished with a time of 25.79 (-0.6w). Full Results 

Screen Shot 2017-01-21 at 10.33.24 pm.png

The previous “World Best” with electronic timing was held by Patricia Girard who ran 25.82 (+1.7w) in Nantes, France on 22nd September 1999.

Footage of the race is also available

2017 Merimbula Gift

The MBD Squad started 2017 with a bang with some fantastic result from those who made the trek to Merimbula.

This was the second running of the Merimbula Gift and the squad now boasts an impressive DoubleDouble with Courtney Leary taking out the Open 70m following on from Kayla Sadler who won the 2016 edition. Add to this Jonathan Stefaniak who followed the footsteps of Christine Gates (2016 winner) to take out the Vets / Women’s 120m event.

These two victories led the way but we also had some great additional results including:

  • Jonathan Stefaniak – Runner Up 120m Novice, 4th 300m Open Final
  • Courtney Leary – 4th Women’s / Vets 120m
  • Freya Dadswell – 6th in Women’s / Vets 120m and 120m Novice
  • Luke Storta – 3rd in 120m Gift Semi Final

Congratulations to everyone.




2016 Australian All Schools – PB fest for MBD squad!


Congratulations to MBD athletes who have competed so well at the 2016 Australian All Schools in Canberra.

Full Squad results

  • Tom Agnew – 100m 11.07 (0.6w) Huge PB – 10th overall
  • Kobe O’Neall – 100m 11.28 (2.6w) Fastest ever run in all conditions – 15th overall
  • Kobe O’Neall – Long Jump 6.21 (1.3w) – 11th overall
  • Clare De Salis – 100m 12.47 (3.1w) Fastest ever run in all conditions – 13th overall
  • Clare De Salis – 200m 25.39 (-0.2w) PB – 9th overall
  • Molly Sturgiss – 200m 26.93 (-0.2w) PB – 17th overall
  • Molly Sturgiss – 400m 63.29 – 19th overall
  • Nick McEwen – 400m 53.17 – 17th overall
  • Matt King – 52.87 4sec PB – 16th overall

The squad also run in plenty of relays for the ACT.

Congratulations to senior squad members Leigh Bennett and Jonathan Stefaniak who volunteered as ACT team management for the weekend and Holly Abbey was also selected for the ACT team but did not compete. Thank you to assistant coach Melissa Breen for filming and helping over the 3 days as well.

All these athletes plus many more from the squad will now prepare for the Australian Junior and Open Championships to be held in Sydney.

Well done to all ACT athletes and their personal coaches for some fantastic results and finally a huge thank you to all officials and volunteers for their amazing commitment to this great sport.

If you are interested in joining the squad please send an email to or check out for more details.



Best Wishes in Rio @melissa_breen & @loz_wells competing at the Olympic Games


On behalf of everyone involved with MBD we wish squad elite ambassadors Melissa Breen and Lauren Wells every success as they proudly represent their country in their second Olympic Games in Rio.

For those keen to watch and support these are the Australian  (Canberra) times for all rounds of their events.

Melissa Breen – 100m

  • Heat – 11.40am (Saturday 13th August)
  • Semi – 10.00am (Sunday 14th August)
  • Final – 11.37am (Sunday 14th August)

Lauren Wells – 400m Hurdles

  • Heat – 10.30am (Tuesday 16th August)
  • Semi – 10.10am (Wednesday 17th August)
  • Final – 11.15am (Friday 19th August)

MBD would also like to thank and congratulate everyone who has been involved in the journey of Lauren and Melissa to the Olympic Games from family, friends, support staff, squad members, sponsors, media and fans.

Bring on the Olympic Games

MBD squad National Champions (21 titles in 11 years)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

What a few days for the MBD squad in Sydney!

Congratulations to 2016 National Open Champions.

  • Lauren Wells (400m Hurdles) taking her 9th title and locking in Olympic selection.
  • Melissa Breen (100m) retaining her title and taking her 6th overall national title
  • Leigh Bennett (400m Hurdles) and his first ever at age 30.

This takes the squad total to 21 national open titles in the past 11 years!

To say the whole squad is proud would be a gross understatement. Thank you to all 3 of you for being an inspiration to all in the squad and it is no surprise to see you get this reward for your hard work and dedication.

Special mention also to Sarah Blizzard who topped off her amazing season with a huge PB in the 200m.This is after a 3rd place in the Women’s Stawell Gift last weekend , 2nd in the Stonnington Gift and her first ever sub 12 second 100m in February.

2016 Stawell Gift review

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Another year and another successful Stawell Gift adventure for MBD.

Thank you to everyone who played a part in an extremely enjoyable Easter weekend. Special mention to massage therapist Scott Smith for his work over the 4 days, Neil Blizzard for his unwavering support of our squad including the marquee and Sue Blizzard for the photos.

Also thank you to the Stawell Athletics Club for their generosity and amazing effort they put into making the Stawell Gift carnival so special and iconic.


  • Lauren Wells dominant victory in Women’s 400m as the back marker.
  • Sarah Blizzard 3rd in Women’s Stawell Gift. Also her third straight final appearance.
  • Sarah also became the first female to win the “Eric Cumming Memorial Cup” for best sprinter at the Stawell Gift.
  • Melissa Breen 4th in Invitation Backmarkers.
  • Vicki Matthews final 300m Veterans.
  • Jonathan Stefaniak victory in his first ever race at Stawell. Vets 100m heat.
  • Our youngest ever participant Chloe Smith (10 years old) competing in Little Athletics events.

Congratulations to all to proudly represented MBD – Sarah, Lauren, Melissa, Kayla, Rachael, Sam, Jonathan, Chloe, Vicki and Kev.

The countdown has already begun for 2017 Stawell Gift.