About Iman

Iman Roka was born in Vienna, Austria on the September 6 of 2005. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and German. She is the second eldest of four children; she has an elder  brother, as well as a younger brother and sister.

Iman’s mother is from the island of Tobago (Trinidad & Tobago) while her father is from Austria. Her parents have been very supportive and encouraging of her athletic development. They are her biggest and loudest cheerleaders together with her siblings. 

Her extracurricular activities include track and field, contemporary dance, playing the guitar, cooking, baking and traveling.

Athletics

Iman is a strong, motivated, self confident promising athlete. She has a strong sense of focus aiming to represent Austria at the world championship and Olympic games in the near future.

She has been participating in sports since she was 6 years old. She has played handball, soccer and tennis. In her free time, she likes to read and cook.

Iman became the Austrian under-14 Pentathlon Champion in 2018. She had her heart set on breaking the Austrian under-16 80m hurdles record in 2020 but missed the record by 100th of a second (11.29 secs). In 2021, Iman worked on her technique and improved step by step. The first outdoor competition in 2022 showed how hard she had been working and showed what she is capable of. At her opening competition in May, Iman ran 13.47s over Hurdles. She won the Austrian U18 Championships over Hurdles in 13.53s. In the same year, she represented Austria at the U18 European Championships in Jerusalem, Israel.

Beginning of July 2022 Iman represented Austria at the U18 European Championships in Jerusalem, Israel. Over 100m Hurdles, she reached the Final and placed 7th with a time of 13.50s. She participated in the Long Jump qualification and placed 16th with a jump of 5.71m.

After a successful first appearance at the European Championships, Iman flew to Jamaica to get some one-on-one training to improve technique and speed. After a long and hard 3 weeks, she was able to learn a lot and had been working on technique and has seen results already.

„ The experience was really cool. I was able to train with the Jamaican National U20 team that was getting ready for Cali, Columbia. It was nice to see where I stand among the international stars in my age group. Not only training with the National Team has shown me what I still have to work on, but also training with Craig Sewell. Coming back and seeing my progress I was really happy and want to keep building up on that new foundation that was set in Jamaica.“ – Iman

Only a few days after coming back from Jamaica Iman competed at the National U20 Team Match in Munich, Germany in August. This was a competition before the European Championships to test the technic. She was selected to participate in the Long Jump. She placed 4th with 5.61m. 

In December Iman flew to Stellenbosch, South Africa to get away from the cold weather in Austria and trained in warm weather. In the period she was there, she was able to improve her technique and get used to the women’s hurdles, as they are higher than the junior ones. Iman benefited from her strong international training group. She came back with new inputs and hard work that she can keep building upon.

Contemporary Dance

Iman enjoys contemporary dance because it allows her to relax and freely express her emotions. It helps her to destress and rejuvenate. 

When she dances she feels like she is on cloud nine. She really dances like no one is watching.  Dance also helps her to interact with different people and have new experiences. 

Academics

Iman is an A student. She currently enjoys Chemistry, Maths, Geography and German.