No one could accuse Rhianna Di Giuseppe of not being quick on her feet.
The youngster is fast becoming the one to beat on the local athletics track – with a growing collection of medals and records to prove it.
Most recently, the South West Academy of Sport athlete was the starter in an under-17 4x400m team that was the first to power across the finish line at the WA State Relay Championships held earlier this month.
And in January, the speedy youngster reeled in a hefty medal haul when she claimed six gold and two records at the WA Country Athletics Championship held in Northam.
The Bunbury teenager returned home with medals in the under-16 category of the 100m, 200m, 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, long jump, and javelin. As a bonus, she secured records in the 100m hurdles and javelin.
The achievements at the country athletics championship are among the latest examples of the success Di Giuseppe has had over the 2022/23 season.
She was also a standout competitor and medal winner at the WA All Schools Championships, WA Combined Events Championships and Australian All Schools Track and Field Championships.
Her top performances have shown she is in good form for nationals where she will compete in heptathlon and 100m hurdles when the event takes place in Brisbane in April.
Di Giuseppe is no stranger to the national stage, recalling the memorable experience of competing at such a high representative level.
“My first nationals, I had to do my relay and I stepped out on the track, and I was like, ‘wow, I just feel like an Olympian’,” Di Giuseppe said.
“I was so happy to be there. As soon as I’d seen the track I got tears because I was like, ‘unbelievable’, because I’d just made it to nationals.”
Before this year’s nationals, Di Giuseppe will put herself to the test at the WA State Track & Field Championships next month, although she had already qualified for nationals.