And so began Tiffany’s dream to represent Australia on the world stage. She worked her way up through Little Athletics, and her chosen event was the 400 metre hurdles. She’d think about each race, and how she’d pace herself. ‘I loved the obstacles, and working out the strategy for how to get over them,’ Tiffany says.
While she made it to the top eight hurdlers, nationally, Tiffany realised that she wasn’t going to make it as a professional athlete. She also had to accept that while she wasn’t good enough, some of her friends were. ‘Training with someone who is your peer, but who then takes off in a direction you can’t keep up with – that can be hard. I had friends who became world and Olympic champions and represented Australia – they became the catalyst for me to keep striving, for a different way to reach my goal.’
Determined to pursue a career in the sports industry, Tiffany completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and became a physiotherapist. She was one of the first females to work in the inner sanctum of a football club when she became Richmond's first female physio. ‘Mum always told me I could be anything, so I didn’t think about being the first. I was qualified to do the job, and I’d also experienced being an athlete. But I kept getting asked what it was like being a girl in the male changing rooms. I thought it was such a stupid question. It’s like asking a male gynaecologist what it’ s like delivering babies!’