Tiana eyes Commonwealth glory

Tiana Death’s gruelling training schedule could give professional athletes a run for their money.

Tiana is reaping rewards at the highest level, with selection for the Australian team for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.

The Kellyville teenager, a member of the Athletics Australia U19 Talented Squad, snatched the 100m hurdle bronze medal at the 2017 nationals to book her spot for the Bahamas championships from July 16-24.

This Local Sports Star nominee is destined for international honours if she maintains her scorching pace, clocking up dozens of hours each week in training under coach Du’aine Ladejo, the former British and European 400m champion.

Our Local sports star nominee Tiana Death. Picture: Ian Svegovic

Not only does she train seven days a week but catches the 6.30am bus to attend Barker College, Hornsby, using the travel time to catch up on her studies.

Tiana’s personal best in 100m is 13.40 seconds and continues to build up strength and speed during her daily workouts on the track and gym.

“I am very excited about being picked for the Commonwealth Youth Games because this is my first international competition,’ Tiana said.

”My goal is to finish in the first three in Bahamas.

Tiana Death is ranked second in Australia in her age group.

“I just love training and being a part of the training group.”

“I don’t mind doing it seven days a week because I go to bed early and rise early..

“After my training at school, my parents usually pick me after college and training around 7pm.

“I have been training with Du’aine for the past year and he is my mentor who has helped improve my fitness and technique.”

Tiana Death is very dedicated to her sport, training throughout the week.

Tiana, who turns 17 in August, was the nation’s top ranked hurdler in the under-17 category in 2016, coming back from a stress fracture injury which sidelined her two years ago.

Tiana is so determined in improving herself that she regularly hits the gym at the school at 6.30am and then trains after school under Ladejo.

“Once the Bahamas games are over, I want to concentrate on making the IAAF World U20 Championships in Finland next year,” Tiana said.

The way she is going, that goal is within reach.

For Tiana Death, training is a part of her regular routine.