Nikola Girke

Sailor, Olympic Windsurfer

Canadian sailor, 5-time Olympian, and ICF Professional Certified Coach Nikola Girke brings the drive and determination of a competitive athlete, and a great passion to help others discover their personal version of success, to her role as Managing Member & emotional intelligence and mental health consultant for Horizon Leader Group (HLG). She holds a degree from UBC in Human Kinetics and is amongst only a few elite athletes who have made the transition from one sport to another. She has achieved a top 10 in the World across 3 different sport disciplines. Being an elite athlete for 20+ years, she understands the struggles that come with reaching for the podium and the endless parallels between sport and business allowing Nikola to easily relate to her client’s needs and goals.

Nikola spearheaded 5 Olympic campaigns from the grassroots level, emerging a dream into a global scale operation, managing all aspects of the campaign across 5 continents over 20 years. Through sponsorship & fundraising via crowdfunding, selling team merchandise, grant applications, private donors, community involvement & public speaking events, and showcasing campaigns through multimedia presentations, she has also raised, negotiated, secured, managed, and deployed more than $2M over 5 Olympic cycles.

In addition to HLG, Nikola is the principal founder of Own Your Podium where she helps her clients define and own their own podiums. As a coach consultant for San Francisco-based start-up Modern Health, Nikola has an international reach, coaching clients from Twitter, Slack, Dropbox, EA, Lyft amongst others and works with both students at UBC Sauder School of Business and professional athletes as they transition into their next career.

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