Q&A with Tierra Exum

Date: 24th February 2016

Tierra Exum, twin sister of NBA superstar Dante Exum, reveals she will be back to compete at this year’s Woolworths Stawell Gift. Exum takes part in our exclusive Q&A – see her answers below!

Will you be competing in this year’s Woolworths Stawell Gift Carnival? If so, which race will you be competing in?

Yes, I will be competing in the 120m Australia Post Women’s Gift.

What makes the Stawell Gift such a great event to be a part of?

The Woolworths Stawell Gift is such a great athletics event to be a part of because of the long standing history and the fact it’s been running since 1878.  It is amazing to see how many athletes on a wide spectrum from local to national talent come together to compete. As the Woolworths Stawell Gift is known as such a prestigious athletics carnival, it’s an inspiration to run in, I get to be part of a fantastic running community where the atmosphere makes competition exciting and also fun as well as feeling connected to the past and being part of the future.

Do you think you have what it takes to win this at this year’s event?

Positively thinking- yes, however, it really is anyone’s race on the day of competition- cliché, I know, but very true. There are a lot of women competing and some of their handicaps mean they will either be placed ahead or behind of where I will start, which means anything can happen and I will have to be prepared for whatever the outcome may be.

How does handicap racing compare to other races you compete in?

Handicapping gives everyone a chance at placing or even winning as they base your handicap on your running experience/ability. Therefore, this makes it competitive for everyone!

What has your last year has looked like in terms of competing?

Last year I competed in many Victorian Athletic League (VAL) held events and was able to compete in a total of six finals including events located in Euroa, Ringwood, Maryborough and Keilor. I also competed in the 120m Australia Post Women’s Gift at Stawell last year and made the semi final but missed out on the final.  I also compete for Sandringham Athletics Club where my main event of focus is triple jump, last year I placed 3rd at the Victorian Open Championships.

Greatest Achievement in Athletics?

This year at a Victorian Athletic League (VAL) event held in Maryborough I came 1st in the 70m Open, which was exciting and my first win since I’ve been running in VAL events as of 2012. Outside of VAL, as mentioned before, I run for Sandringham Athletics and placing 3rd at the Victorian Open Championships was a great achievement for me.

What does your training regime consist of leading up to a race?

My week to week training regime includes training everyday except for Sunday, where each sessions/days alternate. Monday and Thursday sessions consist of gym and weights, Wednesdays session is based around triple jump and Tuesday, Friday and Sunday sessions each target different aspects of running. In the lead up to a competition or race, my training regime remains the same, but the day before competition is known as a rest day where I am able to prepare myself for competition the next day.

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