Nikita Mawhirt

When you love horse riding and swimming and have to choose a sport, what do you do? Easy, just add three more!

When Nikita was young and deciding on her sporting path she said to her mum that she found it difficult to choose between two sports that she loved. So instead of dropping one, she decided to add fencing, running and shooting to the mix and her love of modern pentathlon began.

That decision has now taken Nikita across the globe to competitions in Budapest, Prague, Japan and in 2018 to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

Olympic gold medallist Chloe Esposito was on the ground in Argentina in her role as “Young Changemaker” to encourage the West Australian teenager who was competing in the biggest competition of her career so far.

In the swim event Nikita placed 17th with a 200m freestyle time of 2:27.92. She followed that with a strong 4th placing in fencing before placing 24th in the Laser-Run for an overall placing of 22.


  • Nicknamed “Keets”
  • Lives in Henley Brook, WA
  • Youth Olympics: Buenos Aires 2018
  • Coached by Ben Green, Brett Tongue, Murray Bow, Tuko Maia
  • Trains in Perth 

Career Highlights

  • Placing 22th 2018 Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Being the highest placed Australian female at the 2017 Asia/Oceania Championships



Sport beginningsI began Modern Pentathlon at age 13 in 2014 after seeing it on TV at the 2012 London Olympics. I'd been swimming and Show Jumping from a young age and had always had a dream of representing Australia at the Olympic Games.
Sporting heroSerena Williams
Dream jobTo promote Modern Pentathlon in Australia and provide opportunities for disadvantaged youth athletes
If I were an animal, I would be A tiger
If I was stuck on a desert island with only 3 things, they would beWater bottle, blanket and a friend
When I’m not training/competing, you can find meWatching a movie, reading a book or spending time with friends and family
If I tried a different Olympic sport, it would beBoxing
I would spend my last $10 onFood

Recent Performances

17thYouth Olympic Games Qualifier 2018Gotemba, Japan2018
22ndYouth Olympic Games 2018Buenos Aires, Argentina
15th UIPM Youth World Championships U19 (YA) Team-Relay MixCaldas da Rainha, Portugal2018
36thEuropean Cup Spanish Open U19Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain2018