Nicola McDermott Wiki – Nicola McDermott Biography
Nicola McDermott is an Australian high jumper with Croatian ancestry. She competed in the women’s high jump at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. McDermott also competed in the women’s high jump at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where she achieved a personal best jump of 1.91m and won the bronze medal. On 20 June 2019, McDermott jumped a personal best of 1.96m at Mestský Stadion, Ostrava, Czech Republic. Achieving a new personal best of 1.98 m in Sinn, Germany, on 29 August 2020, she rose to second place in the all-time list of Australian women high jumpers.
McDermott currently studies biochemistry part-time at the University of Sydney.
While attending a youth camp at the age of 16, McDermott became a Christian. She compared experiencing the Holy Spirit “tangibly” to “electricity” going through her body, as if “colour” had come to a world she’d been seeing “in black and white”. McDermott currently runs Everlasting Crowns, a ministry dedicated to encouraging and teaching athletes, which she describes as a “support network in athletics and in sport in general” that helps show athletes that “their identity isn’t in their performance”, but that they can perform through “joy and passion” knowing the “grace and love” of God, without having their performance “tainted with expectations”.
Nicola McDermott Age
Nicola McDermott is 24 years old.
Nicola McDermott becomes first Australian woman to break high jump’s 2-meter barrier
High jumper Nicola McDermott has become the first Australian woman to break the 2-meter barrier, setting a national record at the Australian track and field championships in Sydney. McDermott cleared 2.00 meters on Sunday, beating the previous mark of 1.99m set last year by her domestic rival Eleanor Patterson.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist then had three unsuccessful attempts at 2.03m. McDermott and Patterson — who missed the Olympic trials with a leg injury — have both achieved the Olympic qualifying standard for the Tokyo Games. The 24-year-old McDermott said she drew inspiration from a biblical passage written on her left wrist during this afternoon’s competition, which doubles as Australia’s Olympic selection trials.
“What was written was fearless hearts are birthed in perfect love and that’s from Jesus and 1 John 4:18,” she said. That’s been my verse because I was always scared of two meters.
“I knew in my body I could do a lot higher but the fear aspect of high jump is the thing that gets to you with the mind.”
Meanwhile, Dani Stevens claimed a piece of Australian track and field history with her 14th national women’s discus title.
By pocketing the gold medal with a best throw of 62.74m, Stevens became the first Australian to win the same event 14 times at national level.
She had previously been tied on 13 with now-retired triple jumper Andrew Murphy, who coached Rohan Browning to victory in the men’s 100m final on Saturday night.
There had been fears last year that Stevens would never throw again after a gym accident forced her to undergo neck surgery on a bulging disc.
“I’m back to as close to 100 percent as I could have hoped for,” Stevens said.
“I feel like I have some power and velocity in my arm which if I wasn’t close to 100 percent then I wouldn’t have.”
Stevens first shot to prominence in 2019 when she became the youngest ever women’s discus world champion at the age of 21.
She also claimed silver at the 2017 world championships and would dearly love to win her first Olympic medal in Tokyo, having finished fourth in Rio in 2016.
In other results, Jye Edwards powered past Australian middle-distance star Stewart McSweyn to win the men’s 1,500m final.
As expected, national record holder McSweyn surged away from the pack from the starting gun.
What was more unexpected was that Edwards went with him and stayed there throughout the race, before powering to the front in the final straight.
Edwards’s winning time of three minutes and 33.99 seconds guaranteed him a spot on Australia’s Olympic team, while McSweyn (3:34.55) must choose between the 1,500m and 5,000m, as the Tokyo program will not allow him to contest both events.