Her appointment was confirmed by ONOC president Dr Robin Mitchell who thanked Nicholas for submitting her nomination to be considered for membership in the commission.
She joins other new members from Australia, Palau, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.
Nicholas said she was proud and honoured to be selected from the Cook Islands to be the voice of the athletes at the regional platform.
She said she was looking forward to the challenges in safeguarding the interest of the local athletes preparing for regional and international meets.
“My current role as an athletes’ commission member is to play an active role in programmes that we deliver to our communities, for instance the Olympic Week,” Nicholas said.
“We are the voice of the athletes. If there are any issues from athletes who are preparing for their games, we are their first point to meet and discuss ways where we can help then we take these up with the relevant authorities like CISNOC. This is in the hope we can accommodate and meet their needs to enhance their performance.”
Unlike in the past, the appointment of the ONOC Athletes Commission members is now reviewed annually.
With the Oceania Athletics Championship, Manea Games, Pacific Mini Games and other events around the corner, Nicholas is bracing for a busy period as a commission member.
“Part of the campaign is to deliver the anti-doping programme to our athletes especially to the sports codes that will be taking part in the upcoming games.
“Our role is to make sure we have clean athletes out there, that they are aware of the processes and the risks out there.”
As part of the role, Nicholas will also be taking part in the forums and workshops where she hopes to learn more about the opportunities available for athletes to broaden their knowledge in their respective discipline.
“My participation at the forum has made me aware of the opportunity our athletes, coaches and management have out there. There is a link called the athletes Hub through which the athletes can upskill themselves with short courses which are recognised by the IOC,” she said.
“I have so much more to learn and I look forward to the new challenges ahead of me.”
To the athletes, Nicholas said: “You are not alone, keep working hard towards your dream and know that we are here for you. We are your voice.”