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Meet our 2022 Ambassadors

OWAIN MATTHEWS – TRIATHLETE & COACH

Discovering a love for athletics at high school, Owain Matthews has competed at an international level in running and triathlon for over 15 years.

His first opportunity to run professionally for Great Britain was in the 3000m Steeplechase against France and Russia in 2004. Following on from this, he competed internationally in 5k and 10k road races for Wales, and in 2007 was 2x Welsh Champion, winning the Welsh 3000m indoor and outdoor track titles.

Owain transitioned to triathlon in 2012 when he moved to Australia and has competed at numerous triathlon events and Ironman World Championships for the past six years. He was the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Age Group Champion M35-39 and was also named Balmoral Triathlete Club Triathlete of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Owain won the 2018 Standard Distance World Championships, Gold Coast, in the Male 35-39 category.

This year Owain is looking forward to running in the 2022 Mini-Mos with his family – his wife Dani and 2 little boys.

As a triathlon coach, Owain will be giving advice and training tips leading up to the 2022 Mini-Mos.

Check out our Q&A with Owain here

Find out more about Owain at www.owainmatthews.com

Community Spirit

"The best thing about the Mini-Mos is seeing people from the local community coming together."

 

Owain Matthews 2022 Mini-Mos Ambassador.

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ED GODDARD – DISTANCE RUNNER

Ed Goddard is a Mini-Mos master, this year being his 13th Mini-Mos – and he's only 24! Ed has already racked up some enviable Mini-Mos results including winning the virtual event in 2020 only a few seconds off the course record!

 

Ed has lived in Mosman his whole life and lists Mosman and Cremorne Point as some of his favourite training routes. Many locals will have spotted Ed moving well faster than the Military Road traffic, shirtless and with his legendary blonde 'mullet' filled with breeze!

 

Ed is currently studying Masters Sports Media and Communication at IONA College in New York City USA on a Track/Field Scholarship. As well as running professionally with ASICS. Ed's results speak for themselves:

• Medalist – 2017-2019 Australian Cross Country Opens

• 3rd Place – 2018 Gold Coast Half Marathon

• 2020 Launceston Half Marathon running a PB of 62:16

• 4th Place – 2019 World University Games Half Marathon

• 2021 Australian 10000m Championships running a PB of 28:23

 

Ed's next goals are the Commonwealth Games/World Championships in 2022. Ed trains up to 200km per week, and is often spotted working out at Vision Mosman, or swimming down at Balmoral every morning.

Check out our Q&A with Ed here

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POPPY O'BRIEN, MINI AMBASSADOR

Poppy O'Brien aged 12, attends Sacred Heart Primary School Mosman.

 

Poppy trains up to 5 times per week to compete across regional and national running events.

 

Recent events include;

• 2019 & 2020 NSW Cross Country (XC) National Team

• 2020 NSW 1500m National Athletics Team

 

Her favourite meal before racing is pumpkin ravioli and her post race celebration is always chocolate milk!

 

Poppy loves to listen to Eye Of The Tiger before every race to get her in the mood before warming up for 15 minutes.

 

Her ambition is to one day run for Australia in the Commonwealth or Olympic Games.

 

This is Poppy's 5th Mini-Mos and she is so excited to hit the streets of Mosman again for this year's 40th anniversary event.

RACE DAY SUNDAY 19 JUNE 2022 • CELEBRATING 40 YEARS • RAISING FUNDS FOR MOSMAN PUBLIC SCHOOL & ITS CHARITY SINCE 1982