Meadow Lake, Sask.
At the London 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, Nikita Ens reached two finals in four individual events with eighth place finishes in the 100-m freestyle and 50-m backstroke S3, and lowered her own Canadian S3 record in the preliminaries of the 100 free.
In 2019 she was one of 55 Canadian athletes to receive a grant as part of the Fueling Athletes and Coaches Excellence (FACE) Program from Petro-Canada.
She initially got into Para sports through wheelchair racing and throwing events in late 2015. She had been involved in athletics in high school and was approached by Para swimming teammate Shelby Newkirk after her accident. She was a regular in the pool before her accident, swimming and lifeguarding, and returned to swim in April 2017. She quickly thereafter was connected with the Saskatoon Lasers Swim Club and began her journey in Para swimming, which is culminating in her first Paralympic Games appearance at Tokyo 2020.
2019 IPC World Championships
Involved in a vehicle collision just outside Meadow Lake on Highway 304 in February 2014 that left her a C5 paraplegic … Before accident she earned a provincial track and field championship for Carpenter High School in 2006 in the senior girls shot put event, served as a lifeguard and rode across Canada on a bike in 32 days… Loves travelling and did a road trip through the continental United States with her mom in 2011.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2019 IPC World Championships 100m freestyle 8th
2019 IPC World Championships 50m backstroke 8th