20.7 C
Byron Shire
December 3, 2021

Javelin champ Tiani tops nation

Latest News

Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

Other News


To quote Greta, ‘How dare they?!’ SBS is running an advertising campaign for Airbnb, encouraging visitors to take their...

Taking the tourism tiger by the tail

Tourism is a key economic driver of the Byron Shire and despite the impacts of the pandemic on the...

Vote for community

From 2007 to 2020, I lived in Byron Bay. I worked as a community-based coastal and marine researcher and...

The high cost of endometriosis

One in six women with endometriosis have lost their jobs due to the condition.

COVID update – Aquarius, Lismore sewage fragments and the South African variant

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported in the 24 hours to 8pm 28 November, but, they are urging residents in the Lismore area to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms.

World record-breaking sailor takes out SCU’s Alumnus of the Year Award

If you’re seeking a bit of inspiration in your life, look no further than Southern Cross University’s Alumnus of the Year, Lisa Blair.

Tiani Hogan. Photo Jeff Dawson

Year 11 Mullumbimby High School student, Tiani Hogan, is balancing study and friends while also being Australia’s number one under 18s javelin thrower.

And despite COVID-19 restrictions, she’s only just getting started. Tiani grew up playing competition tennis and softball.

‘Throwing javelin has a similar action to a tennis serve. I have a very fast arm, which seems to have put me in good stead with my throw!’ explains Tiani.

Learning to throw the javelin started out simply. Her father, Scott, recalls with a laugh, ‘She started training for javelin up and down the driveway with a broomstick’.

Things have moved on since then, and she is now coached by Brett Green, one of Australia’s best throw coaches. In March this year, Tiani threw a javelin personal best 48.56m and competed at the National Athletic Championships in Sydney in April, coming second overall, ranking first in Australia, and tenth in the world in her age category.

‘I went in with high expectations. Gaining a world ranking was pretty cool’, she says. Not only is she neat at throwing a javelin, Tiani is also a top ranked heptathlete. She is coached in heptathlon by Phillip Newton, who also trains PNG national champion and recent Tokyo Olympian, Rellie Kaputin. But COVID-19 restrictions and border closures have made that difficult over the last twelve months. ‘I haven’t been able to get to training for most of the year’, says Tiani.

Instead, Tiani has trained solo at nearby Stan Thompson oval. And, whenever she has needed to borrow equipment for training, Mullumbimby High School has always been willing to lend a hand.

‘It is amazing for everyone in our school to see Tiani’s hard work and dedication paying off and see her gaining success on the national level’, says sports organiser, Max Binkley.

With the border restrictions easing soon, Tiani can compete again. Her next big event is in the heptathlon championships on December 18, and she will compete in javelin at the Queensland State Championships in early 2022.

‘I’m aiming for a sports scholarship for university. I’m a competitive person. I do get pretty mad at myself if I don’t win’.

And as for the Olympics in Brisbane in 2032? ‘I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics. I’ve got lots of time to get stronger and better!’ she says with a smile.

Richard Bradbury is from Mullum High P&C

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Minor flooding may occur Friday morning at Coraki and Bungawalbyn

Heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday have caused river level rises along the Richmond and Wilsons Rivers with the Wilsons River peaking overnight and the...

Lismore saw one new case of COVID-19

A new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Lismore in the 24 hours to 8pm 30 November.

Want to make your own nest box and help with bushfire recovery on Friday?

Conservation Volunteers Australia are running a nest-building workshop in one of Australia’s most biodiverse hotspots, the Nightcap Range, ‘to create homes and hope for wildlife’.

Storylines – An escape from reality

I am a teacher. I teach at University Canberra, on Ngunnawal country, in ACT. This university went into ‘Lockdown’ about four months ago. We were...