Nikola Girke


Nikola Girke

Athlete Bio

Nikola started sailing at the age of 9. Her passion for the sport quickly developed her into an avid racer. Winning the Women’s Title at the 1995 Laser 2 Worlds inspired Nikola to dream of the Olympics. Nikola ended up flip-flopping between sailing and windsurfing and went on to pursue her passion in windsurfing, moving to Maui. She trained and competed in some of the Professional Windsurfing Association’s World Cup Tour, before she was recruited back to sailing. Nikola is amongst only a few elite athletes who have made the transition from one sport to another and has achieved a top 10 in the World across 3 different sport disciplines.

The summer of 2001 was Nikola’s first season in the 470-class sailboat and after a successful three year Olympic Campaign in the 470, her team placed 13th at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. 

In 2005, Nikola switched back to windsurfing, but this time to the Olympic RSX launching — yet completely different — Olympic campaign for Beijing 2008. A virtual rookie compared to her competitors, Nikola finished a respectable 17th place finish at the 2008 Olympic Games, which inspired her to continue her pursuit of bringing home an Olympic medal for Canada. With a 10th place at the 2012 World Championships, Nikola qualified herself for the London 2012 Olympic Games and placed 10th

Nikola switched it up yet again for Rio 2016, this time sailing on the new mixed-crew catamaran, the Nacra-17, placing 15th.


And now, after having taken some time off to recuperate after 15 years of full-time training and competition, Nikola is excited to be back on the RSX and has made a comeback to try and qualify for her 5th Olympic Games, a feat not many have achieved. 


A veteran to the team, Nikola is keen on not only sharing her Games experience to support those on the Canadian Sailing Team, but to inspire and mentor a new generation of sailors across Canada. 


Athlete Stats

HometownWest Vancouver, BC
ClassRS:X W
ClubRoyal Vancouver Yacht Club (RVYC)
Team2021 Canadian Sailing Team

Recent Results

Year Competition Location Placing
2020RS:X Windsurfing World ChampionshipsSorrento, AUS36
2020Hempel World Cup Series - Round 2, Miami Miami, U.S.A4
2020World CupMiami, U.S.A4
2016Olympic Games - Nacra 17 - MixedRio de Janeiro, BRA15
2016World Championships - Nacra 17 - Mixed15

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  • Gallagher Skippers' Plan
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  • Government of Canada