Pentathlete poised

The horse riding, running, hockey-playing swimmer just knew she wanted to win a gold medal for Australia.

So it was lucky she found the modern pentathlon event.

Pentathlons require the skills of an action hero, combining swimming, equestrian, shooting, fencing and running in one sport.

�I have been both swimming and horse riding since such a young age… I knew that down the track, I would have to choose one and drop the other, as training would be full-time,� Nikita said.

Then she discovered modern pentathlon while watching the 2012 London Olympics.

�I yelled for Mum and told her, �If I take up this sport, I won�t have to drop riding or swimming, I can do both�,� she said.

Modern pentathlon was introduced to the Olympics in 1912 but since then the sport has become a quirky addition to the list of headline events, and outside of Europe the sport is even less followed.

None-the-less, Nikita has honed the many skills required in her chosen sport and is now the top-ranked youth female pentathlete in Australia.

Next month, she flies to Beijing to compete in a youth pentathlon alongside the Oceanic Championships � the 2016 Rio Olympic Games qualifier.

�This is an amazing opportunity for me and I would love to be able to represent Australia as the only Western Australian chosen to compete and I think that this opportunity would be a really good stepping stone for where I want to take my sport in the future,� she said.

Nikita received funding last year to get her to two successful pentathlon qualifiers, one in Victoria and another in Queensland, to achieve her number one ranking.

But now she fears losing the ranking because she can�t afford to travel to the event she needs to compete in.

Nikita is hoping sponsors or donors could help realise her dream of winning gold for Australia by way of supporting her with equipment or funding to assist with training and getting to major events.

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/rj7f32j.