Hi Riley

Welcome to W Sports & Media!

It has been a great year for you, running with some of your idols at Nitro and the World Championships.

What has been the highlight of your year?
I definitely have a few highlights this year, including being chosen for the inaugural Nitro Athletics Series where I competed for team Australia and also met Usain Bolt, competing in the Bahamas for the Youth Commonwealth Games and placing 1st in the 200m and mixed 4x100m and 2nd in the 100m, and being selected for the World Athletics Championships to compete in the 200m in London.

What are your goals for 2018?
My goals for 2018 are to compete in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and at the World U20s Athletics Championships.

When did you take up sprinting seriously?
I started to compete in sprinting seriously when I was 10, I competed in my first national athletics championships and placed 2nd in the 200m and 3rd in the 100m. Ever since then I have loved sprinting.

What is it about sprinting you love?
I love the sensation of adrenaline rushing through your body before and at the beginning of a race. All of the nerves disappear and you know its time to run.

You are only 17 and finishing school soon, do you hope to study after school?
I have applied to Griffith University on the Gold Coast as they have an amazing sporting college which assists elite athletes with handling assessments and training. I have applied to study Paramedicine which I believe will be a very interesting and exciting degree.

Is it difficult to juggle your schooling with your track commitments?
No, surprisingly it hasn’t, my school has assisted me immensely by giving me extensions or exemptions from assessments. Without their help, I would have struggled but I am very thankful of their support.

What was the best advice you were ever given?
The best advice that I have been given is to always have fun and love your sport. If you are committed and also having fun, psychologically you are a very strong athlete.

Who is your sporting idol?
Cathy Freeman and Sally Pearson have both been very influential in my athletics career, they have shared so much knowledge and experience with me. They are both amazing women and I am very grateful to have received so much advice from both of them.

Outside of school or sport, how do you like to spend your time?
I love watching movies and TV shows and relaxing, and also cuddling and playing with my dog, Bender.

Riley has just been awarded the Sports Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship for 2018. Congratulations Riley!

Read more about Riley on her athlete profile page: http://wsportsandmedia.com.au/talent/riley-day/

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