Winning four European Championships with the England Women’s Open Touch Rugby Team, and competing in two World Cup Championships is incredibly impressive! What’s next on your list of achievement’s?
Thank you! Some people may think i’m crazy, but I just haven’t had enough of this sport yet. I’m incredibly proud of my team and the 4 European golds that we’ve won together, but for me the ultimate goal is to (first) make the Women’s Open Elite team again for the next World Cup in 2019 (i’m no spring chicken anymore and we have a lot of talented young players coming through!) and then to get a podium finish, that’s the dream. We came painfully close at my first World Cup in 2011, narrowly missing out in our Bronze medal match. Then things just didn’t happen for us at the 2015 World Cup. It’s still a few years away, but i’m already working towards it!
A elite athlete representing England Women’s Open Touch Rugby and competing in two World Cup Championships. A well respected Personal Trainer, Group Ex and Nutrition Coach at Central Londons exclusive The Third Space gym. Niki is often asked for her comment in Health and Fitness magazine columns and was voted by Women’s Health as one of the UKs top 13 women’s PT’s.
You were voted by Women’s health as one of the top 13 women’s PT’s. To be this good must mean you absolutely love what you do. What do you love about it most?
That’s a tough one! I love that no one day is the same in what I do and that i’m in an industry that is constantly evolving. It’s keeps you on your toes, keeps you learning and growing personally, whilst being able to really make real, significant changes in other peoples lives and wellbeing. But what I love the MOST, is the people. I get to meet people from all walks of life, ages, industries, every day!
Touch Rugby means you obviously can’t tackle, but aren’t you sometimes tempted to just take them down?
Haha, there’s definitely times in frustrating games or situations where a player has rubbed you the wrong way that the thoughts cross your mind! Touch Rugby is definitely still a non-contact sport, but with the pace that the games moves at i’ve still definitely had my fare share of physically challenging matches.
Which is your favourite FitBites flavour and why do you like them?
It’s got to be the strawberry, raspberry and beetroot! I am not normally a beetroot fan at all, but somehow the flavours work so well together and they taste amazing.