Surfer does not let disease hold back her ambitions

Brittani Nicholl has her sights set being a world surfing champion.
Brittani Nicholl has her sights set being a world surfing champion. John Gass

AN agonising bowel disease could ruin a life.

But Brittani Nicholl has not only conquered what could have been a disability, but forged ahead to carve out a successful surfing career.

"My aim is simple," the 22 year-old from Pottsville said with a smile.

"I am going to be No.1 in the surfing game."

She finished last year with a world ranking of 35th in the World Qualifying Series and is set to compete in the Burleigh Breaka Pro and the NSW State Titles at Cronulla in February.

But it wasn't always that way.

At the tender age of seven she was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, a very painful bowel condition.

It didn't stop her from learning to surf.

By the time Brittani reached 16, she required surgery to remove part of her bowel.

Within three days of the surgery she haemorrhaged, losing 90% of her blood volume.

"I needed transfusions and thankfully survived."

"I'm 100% now," she said.

"I'm ready to take on the world."

For more on Brittani's story, see our Weekend section inside this Saturday's Daily News.

Topics:  brittani nicholl, crohn's disease, surfing




Local Real Estate

finda logo
Featured Real Estate
Price Reduced For An... $1,450,000
Apartment 3 2 2
Immaculately presented... $565000
House 4 2 2

Featured Jobs

finda logo

Tweed jobs listed daily


Featured Jobs
Spirelight Brand... Tweed Heads Full Time
DELIVER Murwillumbah Casual


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Job Listings

Search for your next job now.
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Property Listings

Post an ad from $30
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

Horoscopes

Libra

Someone has overlooked to repay you some money or a favor. You may be at odds as to how to deal with this. Give it a little more time, then...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save