“From as early as I could remember, I had this dream of wearing the green and gold and representing Australia at the Olympic Games.”
20-Year-old Nikita Mawhirt is an Australian representative for the sport of Modern Pentathlon, which includes swimming, fencing, show jumping, running and shooting. She is also studying Sport Science, Exercise and Health at university in Perth. Nikita began swimming and horseriding at a young age, but she didn’t know which to pick to continue with as she grew older.
“I stumbled across Pentathlon while watching the 2012 London Olympic Games on TV. I remember getting really excited that the athletes got to ride and swim, which meant if I picked up the other 3 sports, I wouldn’t have to drop one of my favourites and could keep doing both…I started fencing in 2014 and entered my first Pentathlon that year.”