Alana Nicholls Balint Vekassy/ICF

Olympic Information


Recent Performances

  • 1st (K1 500m), 1st (K1 200m) - 2012 National Championships (Penrith, Australia)
  • 1st (K1 500m), 2nd (K1 200m) - 2012 Sprint Oceania Championships (Penrith, Australia)
  • 1st (K1 500m) - 2011 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic)
  • 2nd (K1 500m) - World Cup 1 (Poznan, Poland)
  • Equal 4th (K1 200m), 5th (K1 500m) - 2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary)

Career Highlights

  • Placing sixth in the women's K1 200m at my debut World Championships in Halifax, Canada in 2009.
  • Recording a time of 39.7sec in the K1 200m at the Sunset Sprint Cup in January 2011. Champion Lakes is an official course in West Australia and the time was a personal best by 1 second.
  • Winning the open mixed double ski in 2007 with my partner Heath Wright at the Surf Life Saving National Championships at my home club, Scarboro. We were hoping to just make the final at the time, then we won it which was truly one of the most memorable sporting moments.

Interesting Facts

  • Alana Nicholls' blistering surf-ski form at the National Surf Lifesaving Championships caught the eye of Olympic kayak medallist Ramon Andersson. The dual Olympian and 1992 Olympic K4 1000m bronze medallist persuaded Nicholls to try kayaking and Andersson still coaches her to this day.
  • After two successful domestic seasons in 2008 and 2009, Nicholls took 2010 off to do 'absolutely nothing'! The West Australian returned to the boat with gusto after her year-long sabbatical. She had a sensational year on the international circuit in 2011, winning three World Cup medals and gaining selection for her first World Championship campaign.
  • At Worlds she placed fourth (K1 200m) and fifth (K1 500m) in the two women's K1 Olympic-distance events, qualifying Australia a position in the K1 500m in the process.
  • Nicholls dominated the Australian selection races to also win Australia a K1 200m position. This secured her Olympic selection in the only two female individual kayak sprint boats.
  • At the 2011 London Test Event Nicholls won a gold medal in the K1 500m.


Years on national team

4 years


Ramon Andersson (2008 - current)
Michael Pond (2008 - current)

Primary Training Base

Bayswater, Perth WA

Secondary Training Base

Gold Coast, QLD


Bayswater Paddle Sport Club

WA Institute of Sport, Perth
Australian Institute of Sport, Gold Coast



Our Lady of Lourdes (Perth, Australia)


Chisholm Catholic College (Perth, Australia)

Canoe/Kayak - Sprint Team

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