Nicola studied her BSc in Human Kinetics and Ergonomics and Biochemistry at Rhodes University, before moving to the University of Cape Town to complete her BSc (Med) (Hons) in Exercise Science (Biokinetics) and her MSc in Exercise Science. She completed her Biokinetics internship at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa where she continues to practice as a Biokineticist. She is currently based at the University of Cape Town at the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.
She has a keen interest in rugby, having completed her research in rugby video performance analysis initially and then performance and fatigue monitoring at university level rugby. She is currently studying towards her PhD at the University of Cape Town, with her focus on injury prevention in the South African rugby union setting. Her project will be partnered with the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and BokSmart using the BokSmart ‘Safe Six’ exercises as an injury prevention program.
In her spare time, Nicola is an avid runner and enjoys being outdoors.