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HOWARTH Nikita
Sport Para swimming
NPC New Zealand   
GenderWomen
Age19
Place of BirthHamilton, NZL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB8, SM7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Cambridge, NZL
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim at age three, and began competing at age seven.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to take up swimming after New Zealander cyclist Sarah Ulmer visited her school with the gold medal she won at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Club / Team
Te Awamutu Swim Club: New Zealand
Name of coach
Jon Shaw [national], NZL
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
Pan Pacific Championships
Location
Edmonton, AB, CAN
General Interest
Nicknames
Skeeta (Facebook profile, 01 Dec 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the SM7 200m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (stuff.co.nz, 16 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her parents, and her coaches. (fitnessjournal.co.nz, 02 Apr 2015)
Hero / Idol
New Zealander para-swimmer Cameron Leslie. (fitnessjournal.co.nz, 02 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You get what you put in." (fitnessjournal.co.nz, 02 Apr 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit [MNZM] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list for services to swimming. (newshub.co.nz, 31 Dec 2016)

She was named Secondary School Sportswoman of the Year at the 2015 Waikato Regional Sports Awards in Hamilton, New Zealand. (yourcambridgenews.com, 05 Feb 2016)
Famous relatives
Her sister Astrid has played football for the Cambridge women’s A team in New Zealand. (fitnessjournal.co.nz, 02 Apr 2015)
Impairment
She was born missing the lower part of her left arm and her right hand. (stuff.co.nz, 29 Aug 2013)
Other information
YOUNGEST
In 2012 she became the youngest person [at the time] to represent New Zealand at the Paralympic Games when she competed in London at age 13. (attitudelive.com, 01 Jul 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 31 Aug 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2012 50m Butterfly S7 40.94
Heats 2012 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:33.48
6 2012 200m Individual Medley SM7 3:10.48
6 2016 100m Backstroke S7 1:25.37
3 2016 50m Butterfly S7 35.97 
1 2016 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:57.29 
7 2016 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:31.11
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2013 50m Freestyle S7 37.47
4 2013 100m Backstroke S7 1:30.24
Heats 2013 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:32.93
3 2013 50m Butterfly S7 37.34
1 2013 200m Individual Medley SM7 3:02.70
8 2015 100m Freestyle S7 1:23.14
6 2015 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:28.77
1 2015 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:59.85
1 2015 50m Butterfly S7 35.93
4 2015 100m Backstroke S7 1:28.09
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S7 38.74
7 2015 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:09.48
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 100m Freestyle S8 1:19.36
7 2014 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:33.21