Place of birthBuckinghamshire


Nikki McSweeney is in her second spell with British Bobsleigh, having moved from brakewoman to pilot in 2021.

Nikki has a background in rugby and heptathlon but began her bobsleigh career in 2010 after being asked to attend a trial. 

She made her international debut at the Europa Cup race in Igls in November of that year and finished fourth with Victoria Olaoye at the same venue two years later.

Nikki won Junior World Championship bronze with Mica McNeill in Igls in December 2012 before claiming North American Cup silver with McNeill in March 2013.

She stepped away from the sport after finishing 15th with Olaoye at the World Championships in Winterberg in 2015 but she returned to the programme in the latter stages of the Beijing Olympic cycle. 

Nikki’s switch to the front seat initially saw her compete on the Europa Cup circuit - where she finished fifth in Lillehammer in November 2022 - before making her World Cup debut with a 13th place finish in Igls in February 2023.

The 2023/24 season saw Nikki record a career best fourth-place finish as a pilot at the EC race in St Moritz in January with Willa Gibb and she followed that up with fifth a fortnight later alongside Maddison Illsley in Igls. She made two further World Cup appearances last season, placing 14th and 15th in Lillehammer and Igls respectively.

Outside bobsleigh, Nikki runs her own business working closely with horse and rider combinations in both performance and rehabilitation. After an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy, she completed a Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy during her break from bobsleigh and has been self employed treating both novices and professional riders for a number of years.


  • Nickname: Nik/Nikki
  • Most likely to be spotted: in the gym or the stables
  • Least likely to be found: relaxing
  • Me in three: resilient, passionate, ambitious 
  • Random fact: I have a metal rod and screws in my left leg
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I'd be a rugby player or horse rider