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CREES Dayna
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age17
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F34, T34
Further Personal Information
Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
Casey Cardinia Athletics: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Name of coach
Gordon Talbot
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking the Oceania record to win the F34 javelin throw at the 2019 Arafura Games in Darwin, NT, Australia, which was her first international competition. (caseycardiniaaths.org.au, 29 May 2019)
Injuries
She was out of action for most of the 2018/19 domestic season in Australia due to a wrist injury and low iron levels. (caseycardiniaaths.org.au, 29 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"At the end of the day, no matter how many times you get knocked down, pick yourself up and achieve what you know you can achieve." (Instagram profile, 04 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2021 World Championships in Kobe, Japan. (caseycardiniaaths.org.au, 29 May 2019)
Impairment
She was born with hereditary spastic paraplegia, a condition that her father Mark also has. (heraldsun.com.au, 29 Jan 2014)
Other information
FUTURE FOCUS
Despite winning gold and setting an Oceania record at the 2019 Arafura Games in Darwin, NT, Australia, she missed the qualifying distance for the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She said her goals for the future are therefore focused on the world championships in 2021. "To do well there [at Arafura] was definitely my biggest [goal] for this season [2018/19]. Obviously Dubai [Para athletics world championships] this year [2019] isn't going to be our focus anymore, and we [don't expect to] make Tokyo [2020 Olympics]. So then 2021 [the world championships are] back in Japan so that's our main focus to make qualifiers for that, and to target [the Australian championships] in the meantime. (caseycardiniaaths.org.au, 29 May 2019)

ALMOST QUITTING
She considered quitting the sport in early 2018 but ended up finishing the 2017/18 season on a high. "Athletics is a sport in which it can absolutely shatter you into a million pieces. This season [2017/18] has been such a tough [one] and has brought out all the emotions I never knew I had. After being told you aren't good enough to make world teams, training camps and being told you weren't successful in many things, you wonder at the end of the day, 'Is everything I do worth it?' And the answer is yes. It's all worth it. After getting knocked down so many times this season, I have learnt to get my [act] together and become even better and focus on myself and keep training hard. I went through a phase over the past month [Feb 2018] or so where I just wanted to give it all up, I wanted to quit what I love doing, what I wake up every morning for [but] I achieved all my goals that were set and even managed to become a national champion, which wasn't expected at all. Altogether, I have thrown well over 30 personal bests and became an Australian and Oceania record holder." (Instagram profile, 04 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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