Athletics star impresses in front of ‘wild’ crowd in Birmingham

August 3, 2022

Bree Masters has wrapped up the first stage of her Commonwealth Games campaign, finishing 13th overall in the women's 100m. 

Masters exploded out of the starting blocks at Alexander Stadium in her 100m heat (11.41s) to book her ticket to the semi-final, where she finished sixth (11.36s) this morning. 

Speaking after her opening effort yesterday morning, Masters, who recently graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Communication, was elated to finish second. 

“Today I wanted to come out and secure my spot in that semi-final and that’s what I’ve done,” she said. 

“The time isn’t exactly what I was looking for, but hopefully there is more to come.” 

Last month Masters, 27, ran a personal best time at the World Championships in Oregon. 

“It’s been really tough actually, two majors in such a short period of time is hard and the jet leg got me real good! 

“I’ve done my best, the physios on the Australian team have helped me with a few niggles, and hopefully more results will come tomorrow,” she said. 

Only two years ago, Masters was an accomplished beach sprinter before taking the plunge and switching to the track.  

“It’s crazy,” she said.  

“It’s huge being here, the crowd is wild and amazing. It’s definitely a change to beach sprinting but I am absolutely loving it.” 

Masters’ Instagram profile, which has more than 51,000 followers, gained more traction overnight after she was invited to share her handle on Channel 7. 

“It’s at Bree Masters with three e’s, give me a follow,” she said with a laugh.  

She is also competing in the 4x100m relay which begins Saturday.  

In the pool, Bond alumna Jenna Strauch finished sixth in the 100m breaststroke final.  

Fellow Gold Coaster Chelsea Hodges claimed bronze behind South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker, her compatriot Lara van Niekerek won gold.  

In a wonderful show of camaraderie following the race, all eight swimmers formed a group hug in the swimming pool to mark the end of their campaign. 

Flynn Southam narrowly missed out on qualifying for tomorrow morning’s 50m freestyle final.  

Bond medal tally: 

Swimming  

Southam: 2 gold (4x100m relay, 4x200m relay)  

Winnington: 2 gold (400m freestyle, 4x200m relay) 1 bronze (200m freestyle)  

Strauch: 1 silver (200m breaststroke)  

Rugby 7s 

Maddison Levi, Teagan Levi, Charlotte Caslick: gold