Sport for Women

Melissa Breen

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Athletics
Location: Australia

Melissa Breen is a 100 and 200m runner, selected to represent Australia at the London 2012 Olympics in the 100m. She has won the Australian national championships in the 100m in 2010 and 2012. She won the 200m at the national championships in 2009 and 2012. She represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the 100m, finishing fifth in the semi-finals.åÊ

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Q & A

Sporting achievements:

  • Competing at the 2012 London Olympic Games
  • 2012 Australian 100m & 200m Champion
  • 2012 Women’s Stawell Gift Winner (off scratch)
  • 2011 World Championships Representative
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games Top 14 100m
  • 2010 Australian 100m Champion
  • 2009 Australian 200m Champion

Greatest achievement off the field: Becoming a Level 3 Track & Field Coach, and passing on my wisdom and knowledge to a new generation.

Who is your sporting heroine? Melinda Gainsford-Taylor

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? 25 hours +

What do you love about your sport? That even though track & field is an individual sport, I have an amazing team around me who are a constant source of support and love.

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? That track & field would become completely drug free!

What motivates you? Wanting to achieve my ultimate goal, breaking 11 seconds for the 100m and making the 100m Final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport?

  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Fitness
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Level 3 Athletics Coach Event Group – Sprints and Relays
  • Level One Strength and Conditioning

Three words that describe you: Passionate, cheeky and determined

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? It’s not an easy journey, there will be more tough times than good, so prepare yourself for amazing highs and heartbreaking lows. Ensure you have an amazing support network around you that will be there no matter what.