About me: My name is Nicky Samuels; I was born in Whangarei (near the top of the North Island), New Zealand on the 28th of February 1983.
Where I live: Wanaka (small resort town not far from Queenstown in the South Island) in New Zealand during the NZ summer months and during the Northern Hemisphere summer I follow the Triathlon World Series around the world.
Who I race for: I am currently racing for New Zealand and the TCG 79 Parthenay pro-team in France.
Where it all began: I started triathlon in 2003. Whilst working in Whangarei as a lifeguard during the University holidays my ex-high school teacher asked me to come and train with her - Sam Warriner!
I trained up a little and raced the 2003 world age group champs in Queenstown and placed 2nd in the 20-24 age group. Being a field hockey rep player I made the tough decision in 2004 to throw in the stick, get a coach, a bike and give this triathlon sport a go!
A few years later and part of the New Zealand elite team I am training and racing full time on the World Triathlon series circuit with the goal of competing for NZ at the Rio Olympic games in 2016.
DOB - 28.02.83
Born - Whangarei, New Zealand
Hometown - Wanaka, New Zealand
Hobbies - Cooking, reading, beach and sunshine, outdoor adventures.
Years in Triathlon - 10
Other sports – Cycling, Mountain biking, Field hockey, multisport, generally adventuring
Height - 170cm
Weight - 55kg
Qualifications - University of Otago graduate 2004 – Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) & Bachelor of Physical Education
2016 Rio de Janerio Olympic Games
2012 London Olympic Games
2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games
2014 WTS Poduim Stockholm, Sweden
2014 WTS Grand Final Podium Edmonton, Canada
2014 World Ranking 5th
2013 Xterra World Champion
ITU World Cup winner Tongeyong, Korea
ITU World Cup winner Mooloolaba, Australia