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Olympic Day – June 23

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do” Walter Bagehot

I smile every time I read this quote.

My journey to becoming an Olympian started at the age of 10. I was very fortunate that my parents took my older brother Matt and I to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. We attended the first morning session of Track and Field, it was a beautiful day in Sydney. I remember so vividly walking into the stadium, and knowing that I wanted to be a part of this, that I wanted to become an Olympian. I was 10 years old though, I didn’t know what it would take, what I would have to do or how I would get there, but I just knew that’s what I wanted.

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I began Little Athletics at the age of 6, at Tuggeranong. Why? Because my older brother Matt was, and as the annoying younger sister I had to as well! It’s safe to say I wasn’t overly talented, I just loved to run. Every Saturday morning, we would head down to Kambah Oval as a family, it was the best time.

So many ‘firsts’ have happened because of Track and Field – my first plane trip at the age of 12, to the Australian Little Athletics Championships in April 2003 on the Gold Coast. I was the youngest member of the ACT Team, proudly running in the 100m and 200m. I had my first victory away from Canberra, I won the Consolation Final in the 100m, running 13.1.

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I get asked a lot, what times did you run when you were younger? Everyone’s journey is different, some athletes are standout juniors that never go on to make senior teams, some athletes never make a junior team but go on to become amazing senior athletes, other athletes make both junior teams and senior teams. You cannot compare yourself to anyone, we are all on a different journey…

At the end of 2003 at the age of 13, I competed in my first Australian All Schools Championships – placing 6th in my 100m Heat, and I ran the slowest time in the entire 200m Field running 28.50. But I still had a dream, of one day becoming an Olympian, clearly I had my work cut out for me, but I was willing to work, willing to give my all and willing to believe that it was possible.

2006 the year of change, I took a leap of faith. I left behind my old coach Rob, and started with Matt Beckenham. It was the best decision I have ever made. We have now been working together for over 10 years, experienced so many amazing highs and of course lows – but this journey has been amazing.

In 2012 my dream became my reality, after much heartache during the qualifying period where I agonisingly missed the ‘A’ standard by 0.002 of a second. I was selected based on my potential. The London 2012 Olympic Games, was the best two weeks of my life, completely amusing myself in the Olympic Spirit. I was living my dream…

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Four years passed so quickly, and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games were on our doorstep. Another challenging journey, but if it was easy everyone would do it! I qualified very late, after an interrupted season with injuries, but we found a way and that way lead me to becoming a two time Olympian at the age of 25.

Never stop believing that something wonderful is about to happen…

Mel x

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Results

COMPETITION ACTION

5 May – Mito International Meet

  • 100m Final: 11.65 (-1.4w) 1st
  • 100m Heat: 11.86 (-2.6w) 1st

3 May – Shizuoka International Meet

  • 200m Final: 24.27 (-0.5w) 3rd
  • 200m Heat: 24.22 (-0.9w) 1st

29 April – Oda Memorial International Meet, Hiroshima

  • 100m Final: 11.70 (-0.8w) 1st
  • 100m Heat: 11.46 (+2.4w) 1st

15-17 April – 2017 Stawell Athletic Club Stawell Gift

  • Australia Post Strickland Family Women’s 120m Gift
    • Semi Final: 13.945 3rd
    • Heat: 14.045 2nd

March 30-April 2 – Australian National Championships: Sydney

  • 100m Final: 11.64 (+0.4w) 2nd
  • 100m Semi-Final: 11.67 (+1.1w) 1st
  • 100m Heat: 11.83 (-1.6w) 1st

March 11 – 2017 #SUMMERofATHS Grand Prix: Canberra

  • 100m: 11.47 (+0.6w) 2nd

March 11 – Athletics ACT Summer Series

  • 100m: 11.57 (-0.9w) 2nd

February 18/19 – Athletics ACT Championships

  • 200m Final 23.61 (+1.1w) 2nd
  • 200m Heat 23.59 (+1.3w) 1st
  • 100m Final 11.33 (+2.0w) 2nd
  • 100m Heat 11.40 (+1.9w) 1st

February 11 – Athletics ACT Summer Series

  • 100m 11.44 (+2.9w) 1st
  • 200m 23.86 (+1.0w) 1st

February 3 – Athletics ACT Summer Series

  • 100m 11.51 (+0.3w) 1st
  • 100 yards 10.64 (+0.7w) 1st

January 21 – Athletics ACT Summer Series

  • 100 yards 10.59 (+0.3w) 1st