Nina Wollaston : Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(HONS))

Nina Wollaston

Cycling

Hillary Scholar Nina Wollaston is inspired by some of our best women cyclists and wants to return the favour for future generations. She has a host of age group national titles to her name, and a bronze medal from the Junior World Track Champs. In her first years of the scholarship, her goal was to make her mark in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and also to continue coach younger riders and promoting women’s cycling. Since then, her focus has shifted as she is now a pilot on a tandem for the Paracycling NZ team. She is targeting the 2020 Paralympics to ride with Emma Foy, doing the kilo and Individual Pursuit. Nina attended high school at Baradene College in Auckland, where she was a sports prefect, cycling code captain, and coached the junior cycling team. Nina is studying towards a Bachelor of Management Studies majoring in marketing and is an invited member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (top 15% of students) as a result of her grades so far. She’s been cycling since she was 12 and enjoys the satisfaction of achieving goals set by herself and her coach. Like her idols, Ulmer and Shanks, Nina enjoys the endurance events on the track, such as the Team Pursuit, and knows that the only way to lasting success is more hard work. “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

Achievements

5th place at 2018 Para-Cycling Track World Champs - 23/03/2018

Placed 5th place in both the indiviual pursuit and the sprint at Para-Cycling World Champsionships held in Rio De Janeiro. This was on the tandem, I am the pilot rider for Hannah Pascoe from Invercargill. We had only been on the tandem together since December, so it is very new for the both of us. We didnt go in with too many expectations because have both never experienced an elite World Championships. We are very happy with the placings we achieved, 5th in the world as first-years is exciting for our future. 

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