Alana Nicholls

Canoe Sprint Athlete / Profile / May 7, 2011

DOB: 6/4/1986
Hometown:
 City Beach, Western Australia
Institute/Academy:
 AIS / WAIS
Club: Bayswater
Coach(s): Ramon Andersson & Michael Pond
2015 National Team: Senior

Nickname: Lans
Senior team debut?
2009

At what age did you start paddling and how did you become involved in the sport? Surf Life Saving was a big part of my life growing up competing for Scarboro SLSC. I loved training and competing and always wanted to race in the Surf Ski event. After a few on and off years of serious training and competition, super coach Ramon Andersson approached me to have a go on a Kayak as it was similar to surf ski racing. That was in late 2007 & I’m so happy that I made the choice to give it a go.

What race distance do you prefer, and why? I cannot choose between the 200m & 500m. They are completely different races to race and prepare for. I am not sure which hurt I like better!

Do you prefer individual or team boat events, and why? I’ve always had a soft spot for the individual events, and K4 500m. I love having the responsibility of racing my own race, but I also love racing in a team of four strong girls. When a K4 is moving well, it is such a good feeling.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the sport so far? 2011 World Champ Results (4th K1 200m & 5th K1 500m), and racing at the London Olympic Games

Goal for 2015? Qualify Australia for Rio.

Future goals? To win an Olympic medal.

Greatest Influence on your career? I’m continually amazed by the love and support my family & friends have shown me.

What keeps you busy outside of Kayaking? I work for a mining company, CITIC Pacific Mining Management, who have shown a huge amount of support toward my sporting career.

Best Advice you have received? Make the most of every opportunity.

Who inspires you? My family and friends but If it had to be an athlete I would Say Ian Thorpe. Not only for his massive achievements over his swimming career, but the way he handled his comeback leading up to the 2012 swimming trials.

Favourite Olympic Memory? Watching Ken Wallace win gold and the women’s K4 win bronze at the last Olympic Games in Beijing.

If you were not a kayaker what would you be? A snowboarder.

Current Occupation and/or University degree? I work for a mining company CITIC Pacific Mining who also sponsor me. I’ve been working in the Supply department for 5 years in a few different Procurement Roles.

Favourite place to paddle? It would have to be Szeged in Hungry.

Favourite holiday destination? Dubrovnik – Croatia

Have you had any success in other sports? Over the past three years injury has prevented me from racing in the sport that started my Kayaking journey – Surf Life Saving. I have had some success in ski paddling with a win in the Mixed Double ski, and 2 x Silvers in the Women’s Single Ski.

Awards
2011 Australian Canoeing Athlete of the Year

Results
2015
1st (K1 200) – National Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K1 500) – National Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K4 500) – National Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K2 200) – National Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K4 500) – Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)
2nd (K2 500) – National Championships (SIRC, NSW)
2nd (K1 500) – Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)
2nd (K1 200) – Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)
3rd (K2 500) – Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)

2014
10th (K1 500) – ICF World Championships (Moscow, RUS)
1st (K1 500) – National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
1st (K4 500) – National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
2nd (K1 200) – National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
3rd (K2 500) – National Championships (West Lakes, SA)

2013
7th (K4 500) – ICF World Championships (Duisburg, GER)
9th (K1 500) – ICF World Championships (Duisburg, GER)
1st (K1 500) – National Championships (Champion Lakes, WA)
1st (K1 200) – Grand Prix 1 (West Lakes, SA)
1st (K2 200) – Grand Prix 1 (West Lakes, SA)
2nd (K1 200) – National Championships (Champion Lakes, WA)
2nd (K2 500) – Grand Prix 1 (West Lakes, SA)
3rd (K1 200) – Grand Prix 3 (SIRC, NSW)
4th (K1 500) – Grand Prix 3 (SIRC, NSW)
7th (K1 500) – Grand Prix 1 (West Lakes, SA)

2012
16th (K1 500m) – Olympic Games (London, GBR)
2nd (K1 500m) – ICF World Cup 2 (Duisburg, GER)
2nd (K1 500m) – ICF World Cup 3 (Moscow, RUS)
3rd (K1 200m) – ICF World Cup 2 (Duisburg, GER)
4th (K1 200m) – ICF World Cup 3 (Moscow, RUS)
5th (K1 200m) – ICF World Cup 1 (Poznan, POL)
1st (K1 500m) – Oceania Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K1 500m) – National Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K1 200m) – National Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K1 1000m) – Paddle NSW Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K1 500m) – Paddle NSW Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K1 200m) – Paddle NSW Championships (SIRC, NSW)
2nd (K1 200m) – Oceania Championships (SIRC, NSW)

2011
1st (K1 500m) – World Cup 2 (Racice, CZE)
2nd (K1 500m) – World Cup 1 (Poznan, POL)
3rd (K1 200m) – World Cup 1 (Poznan, POL)
4th (K1 200m) – ICF World Championships (Szeged, HUN)
5th (K1 500m) – ICF World Championships (Szeged, HUN)
6th (K1 200m) – ICF World Cup 3 (Duisburg, GER)
1st (K1 200m) – National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
1st (K1 500m) – National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
2nd K2 200m) – National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
2nd (K2 500m) – National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
1st (K1 200m) – Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)
2nd (K2 500m) – Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)
3rd (K1 500m) – Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)
3rd (K4 500m) – Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)

2009
1st (K1 200m) – National Championships (Perth, WA)
1st (K2 200m) – National Championships (Perth, WA)
1st (K4 200m) – National Championships (Perth, WA)
2nd (K1 500m) – National Championships (Perth, WA)
2nd (K4 500m) – National Championships (Perth, WA)
2nd (K2 500m) – National Championships (Perth, WA)
1st (K2 500m) – Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)

2008
1st (K1 200m) – National Championships (SIRC, NSW)


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