The Canberra Times: Fleta Page
25 November 2012
MEL BREEN may not have won the Queanbeyan Gift, but the carnival was not without its highlights. The sprinter, with fellow Olympian and training partner Lauren Boden, coaches a number of athletes, with one of her charges, Nathan McNab, winning the 70-metre sprint.
It was the tightest of finishes, but the photo showed the Marist student beat fellow 15-year-old Montana Walters from Sydney, and Gift winner Dean Scarff in the shortest race of the day.
”It was a very close finish, so we were definitely not sure who won, but he clearly dipped very well at the line,” Breen said, who watched it with interest just before her final race.
It was a confidence boosting win for McNab, who heads to Tasmania next weekend for the Nationals after training under Breen for just 12 months.
”Nath was definitely my highlight of the day … It’s wonderful to see him win,” Breen said.
”He’s had a massive day, lots and lots of racing, all up seven runs he’s had over 120 and 70 [metres], so to come out and do that in the final run of the day is very impressive, he’s had such a great day.
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