Alana Nicholls

DOB:  6/04/1986
Lives:  City Beach, Western Australia
Institute/Academy:  AIS / WAIS
Club:  Bayswater Paddle Sports Club
Coach:  Ramon Andersson & Michael Pond

Nickname: Lans

Years on senior team? 4 years
When/Where/Why did you begin paddling? Surf Life Saving was a big part of my life growing up competing for Scarboro SLSC. I loved training and competing and always wanted to race in the Surf Ski event. After a few on and off years of serious training and competition, super coach Ramon Andersson approached me to have a go on a Kayak as it was similar to surf ski racing. That was in late 2007 & I’m so happy that I made the choice to give it a go.
Greatest Sporting Achievement? 4th (K1 200m) - World Championships, Szeged 2011.
What are your future goals? Win an Olympic medal.
Greatest Influence on your career? I’m continually amazed by the love and support my family & friends have shown me.
Competitor you respect/fear the most? I have a huge amount of respect for all of my competitors, but I don’t fear any of them.
What keeps you busy outside of Kayaking? I Work Part Time for a mining company CITIC Pacific Mining Management who have shown a huge amount of support toward my sporting career.
Best Advice you've ever received? Make the most of every opportunity.
Who inspires you? My Family & Friends but If it had to be an athlete I would Say Ian Thorpe. Not only for his massive achievements over his swimming career, but the way he handled his comeback leading up to the 2012 swimming trials.
Favourite Olympic Memory? Watching Ken Wallace win gold and the women’s K4 win bronze at the last Olympic Games in Beijing.
If you were not a Kayaker what would you be? Snowboarder
Education/Employment? I work Part Time for one of my biggest supporters CITIC Pacific Mining Management.

Awards
2011 Australian Canoeing Athlete of the Year

Results
2014

10th (K1 500) - ICF World Championships (Moscow, RUS)
1st (K1 500) - National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
1st (K4 500) - National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
2nd (K1 200) - National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
3rd (K2 500) - National Championships (West Lakes, SA)

2013
7th (K4 500) - ICF World Championships (Duisburg, GER)
9th (K1 500) - ICF World Championships (Duisburg, GER)
1st (K1 500) - National Championships (Champion Lakes, WA)
1st (K1 200) - Grand Prix 1 (West Lakes, SA)
1st (K2 200) - Grand Prix 1 (West Lakes, SA)
2nd (K1 200) - National Championships (Champion Lakes, WA)
2nd (K2 500) - Grand Prix 1 (West Lakes, SA)
3rd (K1 200) - Grand Prix 3 (SIRC, NSW)
4th (K1 500) - Grand Prix 3 (SIRC, NSW)
7th (K1 500) - Grand Prix 1 (West Lakes, SA)

2012
16th (K1 500m) - Olympic Games (London, GBR)
2nd (K1 500m) - ICF World Cup 2 (Duisburg, GER)
2nd (K1 500m) - ICF World Cup 3 (Moscow, RUS)
3rd (K1 200m) - ICF World Cup 2 (Duisburg, GER)
4th (K1 200m) - ICF World Cup 3 (Moscow, RUS)
5th (K1 200m) - ICF World Cup 1 (Poznan, POL)
1st (K1 500m) - Oceania Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K1 500m) - National Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K1 200m) - National Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K1 1000m) - Paddle NSW Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K1 500m) - Paddle NSW Championships (SIRC, NSW)
1st (K1 200m) - Paddle NSW Championships (SIRC, NSW)
2nd (K1 200m) - Oceania Championships (SIRC, NSW)

2011
1st (K1 500m) - World Cup 2 (Racice, CZE)
2nd (K1 500m) - World Cup 1 (Poznan, POL)
3rd (K1 200m) - World Cup 1 (Poznan, POL)
4th (K1 200m) - ICF World Championships (Szeged, HUN)
5th (K1 500m) - ICF World Championships (Szeged, HUN)
6th (K1 200m) - ICF World Cup 3 (Duisburg, GER)
1st (K1 200m) - National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
1st (K1 500m) - National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
2nd K2 200m) - National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
2nd (K2 500m) - National Championships (West Lakes, SA)
1st (K1 200m) - Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)
2nd (K2 500m) - Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)
3rd (K1 500m) - Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)
3rd (K4 500m) - Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)

2009
1st (K1 200m) - National Championships (Perth, WA)
1st (K2 200m) - National Championships (Perth, WA)
1st (K4 200m) - National Championships (Perth, WA)
2nd (K1 500m) - National Championships (Perth, WA)
2nd (K4 500m) - National Championships (Perth, WA)
2nd (K2 500m) - National Championships (Perth, WA)
1st (K2 500m) - Grand Prix 2 (SIRC, NSW)

2008
1st (K1 200m) - National Championships (SIRC, NSW)