Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Date of Birth
December 1, 1991
Proserpine, QLD
IT support officer
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012


Cadel Evans, Robbie McEwen, Stuart O'Grady

Career Highlights

Winning gold in the road time trial at London 2012

Greatest Moment

Being selected for his first Australian team at the World Championships


Rising track and road star David Nicholas has had the best possible start to his international career. Not only did he win gold and beat the reigning world record holder at his first world track event in the 3km individual pursuit, he won silver in the 1km time trial then blitzed the field at the London Paralympic Games to collect two more medals.

Having just missed out on a medal on the track, David dominated the road in London, winning gold in the individual time trial and bronze in the road race.

Born with cerebral palsy which affects his motor skills and his speech, David originally started his sporting career in athletics as a T38 middle and long distance runner. Despite his father David Snr competing in cycling at club level, he had never considered a pathway in the sport until it was suggested as a form of rehabilitation following a knee dislocation.

During his recovery process, David realised how much he enjoyed cycling and soon joined his father competing at the Mackay Cycling Club. With his dad as his coach, David began making a name for himself in Australian cycling circles following road race victories in 2009, 2010 and 2011, before he proved he had the talent to compete international at the 2011 Road World Championships.

Within the Australian Para-cycling team, David has earned himself the nickname ‘Schlek’ due to his similar appearance to the 2010 Tour de
France winner Andy Schlek. With his medal record so far, he is on a similar path to success, but not without his share of injuries. Aside from two knee dislocation prior to cycling, he has since broken his jaw in a bike accident. Flying over the handlebars during track training in 2011, David landed on his face and missed out on competing at Nationals that same year.

And if his injuries weren’t enough to stop him competing, David acquired pulmonary pneumonia in early 2015. Missing the Track World Championships, David spent three days in a coma in intensive care. Despite this setback, David overcame the muscle loss and fatigue from his sickness and went on to win three golds at the national championships only a week after his hospital stint.

Away from the strain of competition and training, David relaxes by surfing the internet and listening to music. He enjoys watching TV, particularly American comedy Suits and lists all of the Batman movies as his favourites to watch. David says Italy is his favourite holiday spot and it’s looking likely that he’ll be doing more travelling around the world courtesy of his fast developing cycling career.

The multi-talented Queenslander is also an IT expert, having completed his studies at TAFE. Balancing his time with cycling, he now works as an IT support officer.

David looks up to Australian cycling champions Cadel Evans, Stuart O’Grady and Robbie McEwen and hopes he can follow in their footsteps.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Time trial Classification: C3
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Individual pursuit Classification: C3
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Team sprint (mixed) Classification: C3
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Road race Classification: C3
  • Disciplines: Road time trial