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HOWARTH Nikita
Sport Para-Cycling, Para swimming
NPC New Zealand   
GenderWomen
Age20
Place of BirthHamilton, NZL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Te Awamutu, NZL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training for Para cycling in 2017 after making the switch from Para swimming.
Why this sport?
Her interest in cycling was first inspired by a visit to her primary school from New Zealand cyclist and Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ulmer.
General Interest
Nicknames
Keeta (Facebook profile, 03 Dec 2018)
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)
Other sports
She has represented New Zealand internationally in Para swimming, and won gold and bronze medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Dec 2018; radionz.co.nz, 02 Dec 2018)
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
FROM SWIMMING TO CYCLING
After taking a five-month break from sport following the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she decided to switch her focus to competing in Para cycling. "I did a development cycling camp a few months after Rio and I loved it and I was like, 'You know what, I'm going to switch'. I didn't think there was going to be a little black line in cycling [like in the pool], but there is that one that goes around the bottom that you follow. I just want to prove that I'm a good Para athlete, doing two Para sports is an achievement in itself I think, and a medal or two wouldn't hurt, but that's long term stuff.” (paralympics.org.nz, 26 Feb 2018)

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 years and 251 days. (attitudelive.com, 01 Jul 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 31 Aug 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para swimming
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) - Para swimming
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) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 100m Freestyle S8 1:19.36
7 2014 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:33.21