Elana 'Lani' Withnall
Hails from Old Bar, a small country coastal town in NSW, Australia.
Lani is much more than just an Athlete.
She is also a coach, a motivational speaker, and big-believer.
An ''all or nothing,'' kinda girl, willing to give anything a red-hot-go.
Everyone has a story behind ''their story.''
Lani suffers Coeliac Disease and Aura Migraines.
Her mission is to aspire to inspire:
The next generation, people with barriers to exercise and wellness
and hopefully you, reading this page...
Track and Field
Lani is an Internationally ranked Heptathletle
2 X IAAF Oceania Heptathlon Champion
She retired from the heptathlon following breaking her back during the heptathlon
at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games trials.
After recovering from that traumatic experienced, she bounced back with a shift in focus
to the sprints, 400m hurdles and jumps with national success.
Lani has represented NSW at a national level in Athletics for 13 consecutive years.
Lani's career has gone ''full circle,'' she has made a comeback to the track and 2020 and is now training for the triple jump, with her sights set on the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
Following the Heptathlon, she was talent scouted to train abroad
as part of the Australian Winter Olympic Shadow Team, alongside her brakeman Jana Pittman;
Ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics, where she was Bobsleigh Pilot.
She retired from Bobsled following a near-death experience
from a bad crash on the ice, while training abroad in Canada.
Lani still had hopes of keeping the illusive Olympic Dream alive...
So she took her next chance at playing Rugby Sevens.
Within 18 months of learning the game, Lani earned representation playing in two state representative Rugby teams in the AON Nationals Sevens Series, as a winger.
She missed out on qualifying for a National Team ahead of Tokyo Olympic selection,
due to a season-ending concussion.
In 2020 Lani turned a season-ending concussion from Rugby, into calisthenics.
With only 8 weeks specific training she took up the ultimate fitness challenge:
By auditioning for Channel 9's Ninja Warrior Australia...
and made it onto the show!
Lani has earned leadership positions for her renowned enthusiasm, positivity and
teamwork on and off the field.
She had the honour of being Australian Athletics Team Captain in 2014.
Lani is a member of the Minvera Network: Professional Women in Sport Community.
She taught PD/H/PE to impoverished children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2015.
Lani was a Miss Universe Australia NSW State Finalist in 2013.
Lani is a qualified journalist with a Post Graduate Diploma from
University Technology Sydney (UTS) in Sports Media (Journalism).
Lani is an emerging broadcaster reporter and presenter.
You can hire Lani for speaking or Emceeing events and conferences here.
Her podcast 'The Athlete Insider' can be accessed here.
You can listen to her podcast 'Fuelled By Faith' here.
Lani's YouTube series can be viewed here.
Lani's greatest passion above all lies within helping people.
She aspires to give back the community that has supported her,
and share the education of health and fitness to empower healthier lives.
Her personal training business ''E.W Fierce Fitness,''
has allowed her passion to extend to coaching Little Athletics,
speed development for first grade Rugby Union and special population training,
Lani is a health and wellness ambassador as well as
being renowned as a spokesperson for body positivity in her work as a fitness model.
Lani is also a positive mindset advocate across her social media channels,
as she shares her unique vibrant brand of uplifting messages,
her faith, and feel-good posts, with her friends and followers daily.
She hopes her journey can encourage you to
live a little more boldly,
dream a little more daringly,
And shine your light a little more brightly.