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Bree Masters back on the track

For the first time in eight years, Bree Masters is back on track.

The reigning Australian and former world beach sprint champion has turned her attention to athletics in a bid to make the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The Bond University Bachelor of Communication student is certainly making up for lost time.

Masters claimed the ACT State Championship 100 and 200 metres double in her first major outing on the track late last month.

“Australian track nationals is a massive goal this year,” Masters said.

“I want to go well in the 100 and 200. Even make a final would be incredible for me in my first year of athletics.

“I’d love to try to make the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“The Olympics is something I never thought I would achieve, and it is obviously very hard, but it something I’ve set my goals on.

“I have to give it a real crack.”

Masters ran an impressive 11.57 in her first major 100m event and followed it up with a scorching 23.35 to claim the ACT double.

She then won the Melbourne Track Classic for good measure, before claiming the 100m Queensland state title.  

“It is daunting and refreshing at the same time standing on that starting block,” she said.

“I love setting new goals and challenging myself, it helps me to stay motivated.

“It is daunting, because I haven’t been in this world for eight years and I am coming up against some of the best athletes in Australia.

“It won’t feel like home until I’ve done it a few more times.”

Masters will juggle athletics, beach sprinting and study this year.

While she’ll look to defend her national beach sprint title, there is no question the Olympics is a serious goal.

The individual 200 metres and a spot in the 4x100 relay team both look genuine chances for the Kurrawa Surf Lifesaving athlete.

“I’m still doing beach sprinting, it’s hard because the schedules do clash sometimes,” she said.

“The next thing will be the Australian Surf Lifesaving Titles in April. 

“I’ll have to miss the state surf lifesaving championships to do the athletics nationals, but that’s the only real clash.

“I’ve got to get used to starting on a firm ground, you can get out lower and use force more.

“On the sand you need to lift your feet out and knees up to get over the boggy sand. Running style is pretty different.

“You can reach your top speed on track and get more momentum. The sand is a grind through the whole race.

“I’m learning every time I compete, but to make the Olympics team would be unreal.”

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