Riley Day was awarded a Scholarship within the 2018 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and mentoring Program and was paired with Australia’s best ever female water polo players, Debbie Watson as her Mentor.
Born on March 30, 2000, Beaudesert prodigy, Riley Day has already run against dual world record holder Usain Bolt and the reigning world 200m champion Dafne Schippers in her track career.
Riley was the star of Nitro Athletics in 2017 and recently made her senior debut in the 200m heats at the world championships in London.
“Receiving the Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship is a shock and an amazing surprise. To be chosen out of all of the very deserving applicants is an absolute honour. I am very grateful to receive this scholarship and will embrace every opportunity so that it enables me to further my career. I’d like to hear about her (Watson’s) greatest achievements and challenges and what she had to do to overcome them.” Day said.
At such a young age, Day competes in the 100m and her favoured 200m are world-class, which was highlighted with a silver and gold medal at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.
She competed at the world championships in London running in the heats of the 200m in the lane next to the reigning champion Dafne Shippers who went on to defend her title.
Riley made history with a sprint double at the 2018 Australian championships.
Day was been hailed as the youngest woman to win the 100m-200m double at the Australian championships in February 2018, after confirming her place in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Australian team by winning the 200m in a personal best of 22.93sec.
That time, run into a stiff 1.7m/sec headwind, puts her in illustrious company. Only two other Australian junior women have run faster, Sport Australia Hall of Fame Legend Raelene Boyle (22.74sec) and Jenny Lamy (22.88sec), and they ran those times at altitude to win the silver and bronze medals at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968.
Day also won the inaugural Betty Cuthbert Medal following the Championships.
Day, 17 at the time, did the women’s 100m-200m double at the meet at Carrara Stadium which doubled as the 2018 Commonwealth Games trials and contested the 200m and 4x100m relay at the April 4-15 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.
DOB: 30 March 2000
Reason for becomming an Athlete: “Mum put me into Little Athletics at age nine to keep me fit. From there, my athletics journey started”
Ritual: Right shoe must go on first and must be wearing her infinity necklace
Results, Honours & Awards
2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – 200m 12th (22.56sec)
2018: Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – 200m 9th (23.24sec)
2018: Australian Championships – 200m gold (22.93sec)
2018: Australian Championships – 100m gold (11.52sec)
2017: Australian Junior Athletics Championships – 100m gold (11.59sec)
2017: Australian Junior Athletics Championships – 200m gold (23.26sec)
2017: Nassau Commonwealth Youth Games – 200m gold (23.42sec)
2017: Nassau Commonwealth Youth Games – 100m silver (11.59sec)
2017: Nassau Commonwealth Youth Games – Mixed 4 x 100m relay gold
2017: IAAF World Championships – 200m 7th (heat; 23.77sec)
2017: IAAF World Championships, aged 17, Day became the youngest Australian 100m/200m athlete (at that time) to compete in an individual event in the history of the championships and also the youngest female competitor overall in the championships.