Adelaide based, Kiana is a Tokyo 2020 Olympian. Growing up in Sydney, Kiana started her sporting journey in gymnastics from the age of 6-14 earning medals at the National level before retiring due to injury, aged 14.
Experiencing the process of retirement from sport at such a young age and the loss of her Olympic Dream encouraged Kiana to explore her desire to travel. Summitting Mount Kilimanjaro aged 15 was a journey that reshaped her mindset. In 2013, Kiana discovered weightlifting and relished in a second chance at her Olympic Dream. Now a 19 time Australian Team representative and 5 time Australian Champion, Kiana was the first Australian to medal at a Junior World Championship in over 15 years winning a Silver and Bronze in 2016.
Kiana pushed the boundary becoming the lightest female in all of Australia and the Oceania region to lift more than 100kg in the Snatch, further broadening the limit at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games lifting 101kg in the Snatch for a new Oceania record.
Embracing the Olympic Values, Kiana shares the belief that sport teaches skills for life. This passion drives her presentations for the Australian Olympic Committee’s Olympics Unleashed program. In her day-to-day key administrative role within the SA Government’s Attorney General’s Department, Kiana is motivated by a desire to observe and understand how systems function, and apply that understanding to innovate systems to provide a superior service to the public.