Niki Birrell

Niki Birrell

Date of birth:
16 August 1986
Star sign:
Leo
Place of Birth:
Manchester
Current Hometown:
Manchester
Race class:
SKUD

First boat sailed and where?

N12 Budworth, Cheshire

Who got you into sailing?

My dad

Favourite boat?

Mirror

Biggest influence in your career to date? 

My brother and dad

Worst moment in your sailing career?

The Beijing games, 2008 where we didn’t make the podium

Best moment in your sailing career?

Winning the IFDS World’s in 2009 in Athens

Best sailing venue in the UK?

Winsford, Flash

Best sailing venue in the World?

Winsford, Flash

Most annoying rule in the sailing rule book?

Having to leave space between boats at the mark is annoying as it often sees people get ahead

If you weren’t a professional sailor what else would you be?

I would love to own my own business

How do you progress from a club sailor to an Olympic class sailor?

Enjoy the sport and work hard

What are your greatest passions outside of sailing?

Spending time with my family and friends, and supporting Manchester City

Most expensive sailing accident?

£1500 worth of damage when I was younger sailing a mirror with my brother. It was ridiculously windy and we decided to go out despite no one else venturing out, then proceeded to capsized the boat and get blown onto the rocks. To make things worse we then snapped the mast when we were getting towed in. A lot of damage for 8 seconds of sailing!

Football club you support?

Manchester City

Do you actively go and see them?

I try to yes

Do you follow any other sports?

I love most sports on TV

What other sports do you play?

Most sports........ very badly!

What would you love to do but never have the time or money for it?

Go motor racing

Worst habit?

Biting my nails 

What word or phrase most depicts your personality?

Competitive

What’s your greatest fear or phobia?

Heights

Favourite reality show?

X-Factor 

Name three things that are always in your shopping trolley?

Grapes, strawberries and chicken

What was the last book you read?

Arton Senna

What makes you angry?

Not doing things as well as I possibly can

Dream holiday?

Skiing holidays are great

Where do you keep your medals?

They are in my room, or the gold ones are anyway!!!

Date Event Class Position
Sep 16 Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition SKUD 18 3
May 16 Para World Sailing Championships SKUD 18 2
May 16 Garda Trentino Olympic Week SKUD 18 1
Dec 15 Sailing World Cup Melbourne SKUD 18 2
Nov 15 Para World Sailing Championships SKUD 18 2
Jun 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland SKUD 18 1
May 15 Garda Trentino Olympic Week SKUD 18 1
Jan 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami SKUD 18 2
Aug 14 IFDS Combined World Championships SKUD 18 2
May 14 Delta Lloyd Regatta SKUD 18 1
Jan 14 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami SKUD 18 1
Aug 13 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships SKUD 18 1
Sep 12 2012 London Paralympic Games Sailing Competition SKUD 18 3
Jun 12 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta SKUD 18 1
Apr 12 Semaine Olympique Francaise de Voile SKUD 18 2
Jan 12 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships SKUD 18 1
Jan 12 US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR SKUD 18 2
Nov 11 Sail Melbourne International Regatta Olympic & Invited Classes SKUD 18 1
Jul 11 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships SKUD 18 1
Jun 11 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta SKUD 18 2
Apr 11 Semaine Olympique Francaise SKUD 18 1
Jan 11 US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR SKUD 18 2
Dec 10 Sail Melbourne International Regatta Olympic & Invited Classes SKUD 18 1
Aug 10 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta SKUD 18 2
Jul 10 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships SKUD 18 1
Jan 10 US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR SKUD 18 4
Oct 09 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships SKUD 18 1
Sep 09 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta SKUD 18 2
Apr 09 Semaine Olympique Francaise 470 (Men) 59
Jan 09 US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR SKUD 18 3
Sep 08 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games Sailing Competition SKUD 18 5
May 08 IFDS Qingdao International Regatta SKUD 18 1
Sep 07 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships 2.4mR 20
Jun 07 ISAF Sailing World Championships 470 (Men) 93



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