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Alana started rowing back in 2018 with the Auckland University Rowing Club, competing for the first time ever at the 2018 Aon NZ University National Champs. After starting rowing a bit later, she competed at the 2019 NZ National Rowing Championships, at Lake Ruataniwha as a novice, coming away with some silverware with Auckland Rowing Club.

In 2020, Alana earned her first National Title with Auckland Rowing Club, in the Women's Club Pair. At the end of 2020 after only two years of rowing, Alana trialled and was named in the 2020/21 Auckland RPC squad. She was selected in the Women's Premier Draft Eight at the 2021 NZ National Rowing Championship, coming away with a Bronze medal.

Alana then joined North Shore Rowing Club at the end of 2021, where she went on to compete at the National Champs again the year after, claiming another National Rowing Title in the Women's Senior Coxless Four.

The end of 2022 saw Alana moving down to Waikato for work and competing with Waikato Rowing Club. This was a standout year for Alana, as she teamed up with Pair partner - Isla Blake, where they were super competitive against the Elite Squad all season, even beating them at some regattas. Alana went on to claim two Premier National Titles in 2023 at the NZ Rowing Championship, earning herself red coats in the Women's Premier Coxless Four and Premier Eight with Waikato Rowing Club.

Alana has been named in the 2023 Elite Women's Sweep Squad, coached by Matt Cameron - where she will compete in the Women's Pair at the 2023 World Rowing Cup III with partner, Kirstyn Goodger. The duo went on to claim 12th overall in a very competitive field.

Before rowing, Alana was a competitive distance runner. She was the 2013 Secondary School National Road Running National Champion and the 2015 NZ 3000m Club Track National Champion. She had some outstanding results in running, where she also broke several school records in a variety of distances, including - 3000m, 1500m, 800m, also in the steeple chase.

Off the water, Alana attended and graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic from the New Zealand School of Chiropractic at the end of 2022. She is now a fully qualified Chiropractor in which she works in a clinic based in the Waikato region - King Country Chiropractic. She does this while training and competing with the NZ Elite Rowing Squad. Alana also has a twin sister - Natalie Sherman, who competes in water polo.