Nikki became a guide in December 2018 after discovering British Triathlon’s Guides for Gold initiative. This provided Nikki with a pathway to further understand what guiding entailed as well as being an opportunity for Nikki to demonstrate the abilities, personality and psychological capabilities that the role requires. Nikki spoke of how honoured she was to work alongside a team of practitioners, coaches and athletes, saying that it motivated her to gain trust with the team, and prove that she had the ability to be the best guide for the job.
"If I’m honest, as soon as I left the first round of Guiding trials, I was highly motivated and knew this was something I was extremely passionate and motivated for."
Nikki graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2008 with first-class honours in Sport, Physical Education and Community Studies. At university, she learnt how to row and was fast-tracked from the Girls for Gold initiative in 2008 onto the Rowing World Class Start system.
Whilst on the Rowing World Class Start Programme, she developed a few injuries which often relegated her to the sideline. It was during this time in 2010 that Nikki first discovered triathlon.
Nikki’s first triathlon was The Little Woody in 2010. At the time, the now IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 champion was completely unaware of the 70.3-mile distance of the race upon signing up.
From there, Nikki essentially had to learn how to swim and bought a cheap road bike and some running trainers from an online auction website. Nikki came out of the water amongst the slowest participants before riding hard on the road bike, despite not having food on and fluid. The most incredible part of the race came during the final leg, with Nikki somehow managing to run her way to 1st place. Like many others in the sport, Nikki was hooked on the sport after this experience.
Whilst she initiated the switch of sports through participating in her first triathlon as a 70.3-mile race, Nikki pushed the boundaries even further with her second triathlon, taking on the 140-mile IRONMAN UK in Bolton, which she competed at for charity. Nikki soon won the Gloucestershire Media Sports Personality of the Year award and both this award and her love of the sport gave her the drive and motivation to switch sports completely in 2012.
Since then, Nikki raced as an age group athlete for three years, finishing many races victorious and becoming the overall European age group champion. She then made the switch to Pro level in 2015, going full time the year after. Nikki has now achieved 16 podium performances across Pro IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 racing, taking both her first 70.3 and IRONMAN gold medals in 2019 at Dun Laoghaire and Lanzarote respectively.
2019 saw Nikki’s first race acting as guide for PTVI athlete Alison Peasgood. The pair travelled to Milan for an ITU World Paratriathlon Series race and came home with the gold medal. From there, Peasgood and Bartlett then competed at Groupe Copley World Paratriathlon Series Montreal in June, finishing in 2nd place behind Spain’s Susana Rodriguez.