Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Female Athlete of the Year is awarded to an individual athlete or crew with a record of outstanding achievement in national and international competition. Through behavior and manner this recipient has set an example for other competitors and has demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship like qualities. Recipient of the 2012 Sail Canada Female Athlete of the Year Nikola Girke is an extremely dedicated and hard working individual; she has consistently improved her results to top 10 finishes at both the Worlds and the Olympics over the past year. In addition to being an incredible Athlete, Nikola is an incredible person, involved in her community by helping with programs like KidSport, Fast and Female and 60 Minute Kids Club. She has recently reached the landmark of competing in her 3rd Olympic Games, in multiple classes, a feat only achieved by few in the sport of sailing in Canada.

Her coach Ben Remocker notes that "Nikola is a true professional athlete.  She has dedicated herself tirelessly and with great focus for the sport she loves. Coaching Nikola is a true pleasure, as her determination to improve each day is the model scenario for any sailor to achieve great things." 


With her eyes set on the 2016 Games in Rio, Nikola has recently paired with teammate Luke Ramsay to sail the Nacra 17. Luke writes – “As a fellow Olympic teammate of Nikola Girke I have come to admire and respect her as an athlete and person, she is an invaluable part of the team and truly deserves this award after years of commitment to the sport. Nikola was 10th overall this past summer at the London Olympic games in the female RS:X Class.

“I am very honoured to this years' recipient,” says Nikola,  “My achievements were not possible on my own, it gives me an opportunity to publicly recognize all the hard work that my incredible support team has put in towards helping me realize my goals.  


What advice do you have for female athletes at any level of sailing or sport? 


“My advice to anyone, regardless if they are female or not - would be to enjoy their sport. Enjoy the journey, don't just focus on results. Sport is not easy, but surrounding yourself with great people and having fun while working hard towards your goals helps you get through the difficult times. And girls... train with the guys!”


Nikola will be in attendance to receive Sail Canada’s 2012 Female Athlete of the Year award on January 19th 2013 at The Carlu in Toronto at the annual Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards. 

For tickets to the Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards please click here.  


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