Nicholas is “beyond honoured” to win the Cook Islands Sportswoman of the Year award.
But the 27-year-old says she is gutted not to pick up her award and thank everyone, who made it possible, in person.
Nicholas, who has qualified to represent the Cook Islands in canoe slalom at the upcoming Olympic Games, was nominated for the awards alongside netballer Luciana Nicholas, swimmer Kirsten Fisher-Marsters and weightlifter Matanoko McDonald.
Jane said: “I am so proud to be a Cook Islander and feel privileged to be able to represent our islands on the world stage. So thankful for all the support I’ve received on this journey so far, extremely gutted I couldn’t be there to say it in person.”
After qualifying for the Olympics last year, Jane, who is a doctor by profession, took a break from work.
The Olympic Games which was supposed to be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020 was rescheduled for July 23 to August 8, 2021 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jane said she had just returned to work at Tauranga hospital.
“I’m training hard at the same time with help of my coach here in New Zealand. I plan to work and train full time the next six months then back to being a full time athlete,” she said.
“I have a good plan in place to come out of this period even stronger and fitter.
“Looking forward to when we can compete again and be out representing.”
Jane also said she could not wait to return home to Cook Islands when travel restrictions ease and she gets some time off training.
“I’m very happy they remained Covid-19 free.”
Last year Jane made the bold decision to quit her job, in pursuit of an Olympic dream. This after she got the green light from the International Olympic Committee to change nationalities and follow in her sibling’s footsteps, represent the Cook Islands.
Her sister is double Olympian and 2016 Olympic flagbearer Ella Nicholas; her brother is 2016 Olympian Bryden Nicholas.