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Nikki Ayers

Nikki’s sporting career began playing rugby union representing the ACT Brumbies for over 8yrs. Nikki aspired to wear the green and gold Wallaroo jersey. In 2016, She decided it was going to be her year when she had a traumatic knee injury that ended her rugby union career.

Nikki suffered a knee dislocation that tore three ligaments and severed a main artery and a main nerve that resulted in her having 16 surgeries in 9 months to save her leg from being amputated. Nikki developed foot drop and had a partial amputation of her leg because of her injury.

Through grit, determination and resilience Nikki was able to embrace her disability and took up para rowing as a focus for her rehabilitation. Her focus then resulted in being selected into the Australian Rowing team in 2018 and finally achieved her dream of wearing the green and gold. Nikki went one step further and went to the Tokyo Paralympics and finished 4th in the PR3 mixed coxed four.

Out of the water, Nikki is a Registered Nurse working in an Intensive Care Unit with a goal to complete a post graduate midwifery course to work in a rural setting and/or for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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