Track and field athlete Dani Stevens is a three-time Olympian, two-time Commonwealth Games discus gold medallist and one of the few athletes to be crowned world champion at the youth, junior, and senior level.
Since bursting onto the scene Dani has dominated Australian domestic competition. She has competed in both discus and shot put at the national and international level, but discus is where she excelled.
The 2006 Commonwealth Games was Dani’s first senior international competition and where, after coming from behind to snatch bronze in discus, she become the youngest Australian to medal in a throwing event at the Commonwealth Games. Then, in 2009 at age 21, Dani become the youngest-ever female discus world champion when she threw three personal bests in succession and 65.44m to win gold at the IAAF World Championships.
Debuting at the 2008 Beijing Games, Dani was the youngest member of the Australian athletics team. She went on to represent Australia at the London 2012 Olympic Games and again at the Rio 2016 Olympics where she finished fourth in discus, missing out on the bronze medal by just 44cm.
Competing at her sixth world championship in London in 2017, Dani threw 69.64m to win silver while also smashing a 23 year Australian discus record set by Daniela Costian.
At the 2021 Australian Track & Field Championships, Dani won a record 14th national title in the women’s discus throw and was officially selected onto her fourth Australian Olympic Team.