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Rhiannan IFFLAND
Sport Diving, High Diving
NOC Australia   
GenderWomen
Born09 Sep 1991 in Newcastle, AUS
Height1.67 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Todor Spasov
Residence
Lake Macquarie, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She was involved in trampoline gymnastics before switching to diving at age nine, when she started training with coach Eric Brooker in Lambton, NSW, Australia. She focused on diving from 2001 to 2006 with the New South Wales Institute of Sport [NSWIS] in Australia, before she switched to high diving. "When I was training in Sydney with NSWIS, I did a couple of junior competitions for the Australian team and a few nationals. But I think it all got a bit too repetitive for me. The enjoyment just kind of fell out of it, as can happen as you grow up. I actually learned to high dive at a theme park in Lyon, France."
Why this sport?
She was inspired by the high divers on Royal Caribbean International cruise ships, which she worked on for three years as a performance diver after high school. "Of course, it felt like a big holiday. I saw the high divers in my show were diving 17 metres. I kind of thought to myself, 'Wow, I want to do that'. When I first started high diving, I obviously heard about the Red Bull cliff diving [World Series] and I was attracted to it straight away. It just looked so amazing, the places they get to dive from and the travel, the athletes and everything about it."
Name of coach
Todor Spasov [personal], BUL
General Interest
Nicknames
Rhi (redbull.com, 14 Sep 2019)
Hobbies
Travel. (Instagram profile, 10 Nov 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the 2019 World Series event in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (wwos.nine.com.au, 14 Sep 2019)
Injuries
She suffered a knee injury during a warm-up dive at the 2017 World Series event in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and was forced to miss the competition. (wwos.nine.com.au, 14 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I definitely think it's something that has to be worked up to. You couldn't just go from 10 metres to 20 metres in one day. I started diving 14 metres, then 16 metres, then 18 metres and eventually worked my way up to 20. It's just a matter of doing it hundreds of times and then it just comes naturally." (newcastleherald.com.au, 24 Jun 2016)
Other sports
She has also competed in diving at national level in Australia. (newcastleherald.com.au, 24 Jun 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 11 Nov 2020)
Milestones
She became the first Australian high diver to win a medal at the world championships, when she claimed gold at the 2017 edition of the tournament in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Nov 2020)

She became the first female high diver to win three and four overall World Series titles, when she was victorious in the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of the series. (cliffdiving.redbull.com, 24 Aug 2019)
Famous relatives
Her partner Todor Spasov has represented Bulgaria in high diving, and competed at the world championships in 2015 and 2017. He has also served as her coach. (redbull.com, 09 Oct 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 11 Nov 2020)
Other information
GENDER EQUALITY
She praised the decision to begin awarding equal prize money to men and women on the World Series. The change was planned to come into effect in 2020, but the 2020 World Series was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "This is beyond amazing. We have seen other sports going that direction where they have closed the pay gap between men and women. For us to introduce that this year [2020] is so exciting, and it feels so empowering already to be a woman in an extreme sport and now to be equal with the men is something very, very fantastic. For me it's not about the money, it's about having that recognition and having the same exposure and feeling just as powerful as the men." (newcastleherald.com.au, 31 Mar 2020)

WORLD SERIES WILDCARD
She won her first ever World Series event in 2016 as a wildcard at Possum Kingdom Lake, TX, United States of America. "I just sent a video and I was working with some of the athletes who were competing on the circuit and they recommended me. I wasn't sure until four weeks prior to the competition when they told me they had a spot for me. So I had to train up in those four weeks. I trained really hard. I was just training 10 metres, really. A couple of places we were at, I was able to train 16 metres. I didn't really have much training from 20 metres. I just really had to make the most of the two official training days we had prior to the competition." She went on to win the overall World Series title in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. (cliffdiving.redbull.com, 14 Sep 2019; wwos.nine.com.au, 14 Sep 2019)

 Competition Highlights
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