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Nikita Ens

Athletics | Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She swam regularly and served as a lifeguard before her injury. She took up Para swimming after meeting Canadian Para swimmer Shelby Newkirk.
Why this sport?
"I met Shelby [Newkirk] at church one day and she invited me to the pool. It was like a match made in heaven, but it was also very humbling at first because I move a lot slower in the water now than I used to. Still, I'm just so thankful I can swim and be involved in something athletic again. I did a little bit of track and field [after the accident], but I love swimming so much more. I still need help getting out of the pool, but being in the water allows me to feel so much more free and more independent."
Club / Team
Cyclones Athletics: Canada
Name of coach
Eric Kramer [swimming, club]

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in Para swimming at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (meadowlakenow.com, 09 Oct 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her family and friends, and swimming coach Eric Kramer. (northernprideml.com, 09 Aug 2018, 07 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If there's something you want to do, do it and trust in others to help you." (northernprideml.com, 09 Aug 2018)
Other sports
She has competed internationally in both Para swimming and Para athletics. (paralympic.org, 01 Jan 2019)
Impairment
She was involved in a car accident in 2014 in Meadow Lake, SK, Canada, which resulted in quadriplegia. "Officially, I'm an incomplete C7 quadriplegic, which means I have a little bit of feeling but not much movement." (northernprideml.com, 07 Apr 2016, 09 Aug 2018)
Other information
PARA ATHLETICS
She initially got into Para sports through wheelchair racing and throwing events in late 2015. She had been involved in athletics in high school and was approached by a wheelchair athlete after her accident. "When I was still in the hospital, a wheelchair athlete came to talk to us and to recruit us which inspired me to give it a go." (northernprideml.com, 07 Apr 2016)