Nikita Hains was awarded a Tier 2 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Nikita was born in Perth, Western Australia and began her athletic career as a gymnast at the age of three. She made the transition to diving ten years later where she found her true calling in sport and made her international debut just two years later. Nikita moved to Adelaide in 2019 to train at the National Training Centre under coach Rick Schavone, with a focus on both the 10m platform individual and synchronized disciplines.
Nikita is a three-time National Champion (2018, 2020, 2021) and between 2016 and 2020, won more than ten international medals. In 2019, she won gold at the Oceana Championships in the Women’s 10m platform and secured Australia a place at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
2020 proved another successful year for Nikita with silver (synchro) and bronze (individual) medal finishes at the FINA Grand Prix in Madrid, Spain, followed by a first-place finish in the 10m synchronised platform at the Australian National Championships.
After another National title in 2021, Nikita’s focus turned to the World Cup test event in Japan. This event was to secure the Australian synchronized team’s place at the 2020 Olympic Games, however, due to Covid-19, the team had to withdraw and forfeit their spot.
With any setback comes opportunity and, after having to withdraw from the World Cup and forego the chance of synchronized Olympic competition, Nikita shifted her focus to the individual event. At the Olympic Trials in 2021, as a 20-year-old, Nikita put in a personal best performance which enabled her to fulfill her Olympic dream and compete at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Looking ahead, the coffee-loving-diver has her sights set on the 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2024 Olympics where she hopes to win gold for Australia. Away from sport, Nikita aspires to become a doctor – a career she is already preparing for, as she completes her Bachelor’s in Biomedical science whilst still competing.
“I am so grateful to be a recipient of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship for 2022. To have been chosen amongst a group of such talented athletes is humbling and I am thankful for the opportunity to connect with previous and current athletes in this prestigious group. SAHOF’s support and recognition of my endeavors is extremely appreciated.” – Nikita Hains on being selected as a 2022 Tier 2 Scholarship Holder.
- 2018: Australian Junior National Championships – National Champion
- 2019: Oceania Championships – gold, 10m platform
- 2020: Australian National Championships – National Champion (synchronised)
- 2020: FINA Grand Prix, Madrid Spain – silver, 10m synchronised
- 2020: FINA Grand Prix, Madrid Spain – bronze, 10m platform
- 2020: Australian National Championships – National Champion, 10m synchronised and World Cup Trials
- 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – Australian team member
- 2021: Australian National Championships – National Champion, 10m Synchronised and World Cup Trails
- 2021: Australian National Championships – silver, Olympic Qualifications for 10m platform
Bio picture credit Diving Australia