Biography:

Nikkita Holder made her Olympic debut at London 2012 after earning a spot on the team with her third place finish at the highly anticipated 2012 Canadian Championships, which featured six women who had all met the 100m hurdles qualifying standard. She made it to the Olympic semifinal after reaching the final at the 2011 IAAF World Championships, where she was the top Canadian in sixth place. She finished fifth at the 2014 Canadian Championships after giving birth to son Kaedence in October 2013. After finishing third in the 100m hurdles at the 2015 Canadian Championships, Holder ran to a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games in Toronto with a season best time of 12.85 seconds, just 0.05 of a second off her personal best mark. She followed that up by advancing to the semifinals at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Lincoln and Sandra Colaire… Younger brothers Trystan and Ashton… Younger sister Shaleah… Son Kaedence Warner (born October 2013)… Getting into the Sport: Started running track at age 7… Hated it for the first three years… Converted from straight sprints at age 12… Outside Interests: Loves reading and writing… Graduated from the University Of Illinois in 2010… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Kita… Favourite quote: “When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on in the first place” – Nikkita Holder… Listens to Soca music during her warmup… Always travels with her journal because writing helps her think clearly…