Home Town: Vancouver, BC
Home Club: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Class: Nacra 17

34 year old, Nikola Girke, from West Vancouver, learned to sail at Eagle Harbour Yacht Club and developed her racing career at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. After graduating from West Vancouver Secondary School, Nikola received her Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree from The University of British Columbia.

In the Laser 2, Nikola was a three-time National Youth Sailing Champion, represented Canada at the 1995 Youth Worlds placing fifth and won the Women’s Title at the 1995 Laser 2 Worlds. In 1999, Nikola went on to pursue her goals in windsurfing. While living on Maui, she trained for and competed in the Professional Windsurfing Association’s World Cup Tour. The summer of 2001 was Nikola’s first season sailing in the 470 class - she managed to qualify for the 2004 Olympics. Nikola has reverted back to windsurfing after a successful four year Olympic Campaign in the 470 dinghy. Girke placed 13th at the Athens Olympic Games. In 2005, Nikola made the switch back to windsurfing.

At the 2008 RSX World Championships, she qualified herself for a spot to represent Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games. Nikola is amongst only a few athletes who have made the transition from one sport to another and to compete in two different events at the Olympic Games. She has qualified the country and is now vying to capture the spot to represent Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Nikola placed 10th at the 2012 Olympic Games and has moved to yet another boat (Nacra 17) with fellow Olympian Luke Ramsay.

Notable acheivements:
10th 2012 Olympic Games
11th 2011 Sail for Gold Regatta 
9th 2011 Olympic Test Event 
4th 2011 Pan American Games
15th 2011 ISAF World Championships 


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