Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Incomplete paraplegia
How acquired
Transverse mylitis
Date of Birth
July 14, 1987
Auchenflower, QLD
Digital communications manager
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Career Highlights

Qualifying for the 2013 World Championships in London

Greatest Moment

Finishing 9th at the 2014 World Championships in London


Nic Beveridge was 17-years-old when he woke up one morning to discover he was completely paralysed from his waist down.

A shock to say the least, the Mackay-born teen was rushed to a spinal unit in Townsville where he was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder causing inflammation to the spinal cord. While a cause can usually be identified for the disability, doctors are still perplexed as to what caused the onset for Nic. After seven weeks, he began to get some of his movement back and can now stand for very short periods of time.

Although Nic was an avid cross country runner, swimmer and hockey player before acquiring his disability, it was a stay in hospital seven years later during the London 2012 Games that he got his competitive edge back. Not knowing anything about Para-sport, Nic read a newspaper article about Kelly Cartwright winning gold at London 2012 which struck a chord. As soon as he was out of bed, he started researching Paralympic sport when he came across another article about four-time Para-triathlon world champion Bill Chaffey training for Rio 2016 when his sport would make its Paralympic debut.

Blown away by Bill’s story and the sport, Nic knew that Para-triathlon was for him. He contacted Triathlon Queensland, who put him in touch will Bill and the two immediately struck up a friendship over email. Coincidently, they compete in the same class and while Bill is Nic’s main inspiration to this day, he is also his fiercest rival.

In the same year that Nic started competing, he also made his international debut at the 2013 ITU Para-triathlon World Championships in London. In what was only his third ever race, he came in 17th. Although he says the result was disappointing, the race remains a career highlight as it was the first time he ever met Bill face to face. He said it was in London that he forged most of his friendships with his Australian teammates and upon arrival home, he would call Bill, Justin Godfrey and Brant Garvey some of his closest friends.

Coming home from London, Nic realised how much work he would need to do to get to the top of his field and with his coach Vince Kelly, focussed on upping his results. At the 2014 World Championships in London, Nic placed 9th – a stark contrast and huge jump from his results just one year before. It was then that Rio 2016 became a real possibility.

Nic’s goal in sport is to one day become a world champion and keep pushing his own boundaries. Although he has gone further than he ever thought he could already, he knows his quick rise in his sport could see him podium at a Paralympic Games.

Outside of Para-triathlon, Nic loves to travel and is embracing the opportunities he has to see the world through sport.



Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Triathlon Disciplines: Men - PT1 Classification: PT1M