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Melissa Breen, Lauren Wells primed for Stawell Gift

Australia's fastest woman Melissa Breen, left, is heading to Stawell for this year's Easter gift carnival.

Australia’s fastest woman Melissa Breen, left, is heading to Stawell for this year’s Easter gift carnival.

Australia’s fastest woman Melissa Breen and fellow Olympian Lauren Wells will headline the feature women’s event at the 2016 Stawell Gift carnival.
Breen experienced a year of contrasts in 2015, winning the women’s 100-metre final at Australian Athletics Championships before putting in a disappointing performance at IAAF World Championship in Beijing.
Wells, Australia’s 400-metre hurdles champion, had a strong year in 2015, winning her eighth national 400m hurdles title and qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Ararat athlete Sarah Blizzard, who made the final of last year’s 120-metre Strickland Family Women’s Gift, will also target this year’s carnival.
Blizzard ran a personal best 11.98 in Sunday’s Canberra Track Classic.
The talented teen trains in Canberra under renowned athletics coach Matt Beckenham, who also trains Breen and Wells.
Breen won the 2012 women’s gift off scratch and has also competed against the men in heats of the Stawell Gift.
She said she was determined to return to Stawell in 2016 after being unable to advance to the final of last year’s women’s gift.
“I’m looking forward to embracing the Stawell spirit again this year. The Stawell Gift is always a challenge, but it’s also such an honour to run from scratch,” she said.
“I’ve worked really hard and smart since returning from Beijing and I’m looking forward to what 2016 holds.”

Get the full story in the February 24, 2016 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.

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