On track: Canberra's Melissa Breen is hopeful of getting Athletics Australia funding. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
Canberra sprint queen Melissa Breen is Australia's fastest ever woman, and confident she's quick enough to compete with the men at the Stawell Gift over Easter – but she's only hopeful she will get Athletics Australia funding on Thursday.
Athletics Australia overlooked Breen for funding last year, just months before she broke Melinda Gainsford-Taylor's 100-metre record, which had stood for 20 years.
In the lead-up to Australia's most famous running carnival in Stawell, Breen wasn't even aware Athletics Australia was announcing their funding amendments on Thursday.
Since the disappointment of being overlooked she has simply concentrated on what she can control and has surrounded herself with people that "believe and are supportive".
Commonsense suggests she will be added to the list of Athletics Australia contracts after the 11.11seconds she took to complete 100m at the ACT championships in February.
But Breen wasn't counting on it.
"The biggest lesson I've learnt is to surround yourself with people that believe and are supportive and I've done that," she said.
"It proved to me after it happened at the end of last year that you can get the job done and we did, we broke the Australian record.
"I've got a great group of people around me in Canberra and regardless of this decision by Athletics Australia, it's only the beginning for us.
"I would hope [to get funding], but I can't control it."
If her name is read out on Thursday it will be a boost going into the Stawell Gift, where she will look to become the first woman to qualify for the semi-finals in the famous race in country Victoria.
Breen raced against the men in 2012 and decided to do it again because it slotted in nicely following the Australian nationals, which doubled as the Commonwealth Games selection trials, in Melbourne two weeks ago.
Her handicap for the race is 10m and she's aiming to complete the remaining 110m in a time less than 12.6seconds.
If she can do that, she's confident of making the semi.
"Why not [race against the men]? I'm good enough to compete against them now," Breen said.
"We always said once I was a bit quicker [I'd do it] and this year I am a bit quicker, so it will be good to take them on.
"In the end it's just another run and it's another chance to work on what we've been doing in training and hope to make it through to the semis."
But the main thing Breen is hoping to get out of Stawell is more conditioning as she continues her build-up towards the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.
Breen has had an awful week.
Coach Matthew Beckenham has been working her hard with Glasgow in mind.
"Training is going well, it's been pretty awful since trials and once I was named [for the Games] then it was back into the hard work and sleeping 12-hour nights just to recover, it's been pretty full on," Breen said.
"But I couldn't be happier with where I am right now."
Breen will leave for two weeks of racing in Japan on Anzac Day weekend.