Updated: Oct 24, 2019
Where did you grow up and how did you get into your sport/discipline?
I have lived in Te Aroha my whole life, up until the start of 2018 when I made the move down to Christchurch to fulfil my athletic dreams and complete my degree.
What do you find the most exciting about your sport/discipline?
Bettering myself. Discus is such a technical sport – you can’t just muscle the discus out as it is only 1kg, so it has taken me a long time to get to where I am today. I love that every training can be completely different and that there is always something new to work on and ALWAYS room for improvement. Once you hit a new PB, there is always something to work on next to work towards getting another PB.
What do you find most challenging about your sport/discipline?
Not being too hard on myself when things aren’t going quite right at training or even in a competition. This past year and a half I have improved so much in this and I am now a lot better at letting things go and knowing that not every training, competition or throw is going to be amazing and that is just the nature of it, but this has definitely been one of the biggest challenges for me.
When I need to train by myself, that can be difficult as unlike netball and basketball, you don’t need a whole team at training to be able to train. I like having other people around while I am training, but it is 100% worth it.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
In 2017, I was selected for the New Zealand team to compete at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas, and there I got the Silver medal! This was such an amazing experience and my highest achievement internationally so far. I have very recently also been selected for the New Zealand team to go to the World University Games in Naples, Italy, which is definitely the biggest team I have ever made!
Where are you currently planning to head with your sport/discipline? How are you doing this?
The main goal is to become an Olympian. The Olympics has been my main dream ever since I first started throwing and continuously working hard with my team is the only way this will happen!
What is one thing about your sport/discipline that people wouldn’t know?
I think something not many people know would be how much work is actually put in to throwing. It isn’t about just being strong and being able to chuck the implement a long way, it is super technical and without a great technical base, the discus probably wouldn’t go very far. It is super technical and so much more than strength is required with discus.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
In sport, it is definitely Valerie Adams. She has always been my major sporting hero, with the way she works so hard for everything she has achieved and how no matter the obstacle, she is always working to overcome them and better herself. She isn’t done until she has achieved what she has set out to do and I love that! She is very family-orientated and such a lovely, kind person and is a great role model for young athletes.
Welcome to the Team Tatiana!