Nicola has been a leading member of the GB Bobsleigh team since 2001.
She has regularly pushed the barriers in terms of what is expected from an athlete in a non alpine nation.
She has been the British number one driver for the past 8 years and has competed in the last three Olympic Games.
At the 2005 World Championships Nicola won a silver medal, which was Great Britain’s first World Championship medal in over 40 years however in 2009 she eclipsed this, making history by becoming the first British female ever to win the World Championship title.
Prior to competing in Bobsleigh Nicola was a top ranked Heptathlete, representing Great Britain for over eight years at a variety of events at European and World level competitions.
In 2011 retired from bobsleigh and took up a position as head development coach at the sport’s governing body.
In August 2012, she became the head of performance for the Netherlands Olympic Bobsleigh team, becoming the first woman to head a Winter Olympic sports organisation.
As a PE teacher by trade Nicola has a passion for working in sport and loves to see young people achieve their potential in sport.
Nicola helped in making an impact to young people’s lives and raising aspirations whilst working on the Sporting Champions programme, and is now looking to inspire your audience by sharing her secret of what it takes to be the best you can be!
Alongside her previous role as a Sporting Champion, Nicola has been an athlete mentor for the YST in their changing lives team and she loves the opportunities these roles provide as she is keen to assist young people to develop through the power of sport.